Swans ruckman Callum Sinclair could be forced to ruck solo against the Eagles on Thursday night, after Tippett and Naismith remained in Sydney to prove their fitness.
Tippetts' ankle injury sustained against the Western Bulldogs in round 2, forced him out of the narrow loss against Collingwood in round 3. Naismith missing the important clash comes as a surprise, after he played well against the Pies, but has struggled to recover.
Naismith and Tippett may still travel to Sydney later this afternoon, should they prove their fitness, but the Swans have other options. The Swans brought an extended squad to Perth due to the reserves having a bye this weekend.
Defender Nick Smith said that he may not have to go it alone, if the players in Sydney proved their fitness.
“Hopefully they get up and fly over from Sydney later this arvo,” Smith said.
“They’re both a chance to come over. We’re just waiting. Otherwise we’ve got a couple of other guys who can play the role as well.”
In other news, Gary Rohan has traveled west, 1 week ahead of schedule. It's highly doubtful that he'll play, and we certainly wouldn't want him to either if he'll exasperate his injury. He would have played if the NEAFL didn't have a bye, so if he's ready, throw him in, we desperately need him.
|Isaac Heeney||Glandular Fever||1-2 Weeks|
|Alex Johnson *||Knee||Indefinite|
|Jarrad McVeigh||Calf||1-2 Weeks|
|Tom Papley||Knee||1 Week|
|Dane Rampe||Arm||6 weeks|
|Dan Robinson||Collarbone||5-7 Weeks|
|Gary Rohan||Back/Hamstring||1 Weeks|
* Long term injury list
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