Teams: Round 20, Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, Friday August 4th

The Swans have rang the changes ahead of the Cats game on Friday, with captain Josh Kennedy missing through a thigh injury, but regaining big men Sam Reid and Kurt Tippett.

Kennedy, who was hampered by hamstring tightness last Friday night against the Hawks on the MCG, failed to recover in time to take his place against the Cats.

The injury sidelines him, alongside Dan Robinson (omit), Jordan Foote (omit) and Sam Naismith (hip).

It's fantastic to see Kurt Tippett make his long awaited return to the senior team, his first game since the round 10 loss to the Hawks.

The Swans also regain speedster Gary Rohan and influential midfielder Jake Lloyd, for the crucial clash at Simonds Stadium.

Coach John Longmire said while it was disappointing to lose Kennedy, he's confident the additions will fill the gap.

"It's good to have Sam (Reid) back in the team, he has got that versatility in his game ... and Kurt, obviously with Naismith going out of the team, means there's another marking target in our forward half," Longmire said.

"(Lloyd) is a very important player for us, he's had a consistent year this season, he's been really good since the opening round and has held his form throughout that whole time, so it was important to get him back in."

Jake Lloyd (hip) and Gary Rohan (back) were late withdrawals last Friday night after traveling with the team, with Gary Rohan suffering back spasms during the warm-up.

Dan Robinson, Jordan Foote and Aliir Aliir have once again been named as emergencies.

View teams on Sydney Swans website.

Teams

In Out
K. Tippett
S. Reid
G. Rohan
J. Lloyd
J. Foote (omit)
D. Robinson (omit)
S. Naismith (hip)
J. Kennedy (hamstring)
Emergencies Milestones
D. Robinson
J. Foote
A. Aliir

Teams Sydney Swans vs Geelong Cats, Friday August 4th

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