Swans rookie and AFL journeyman Shaun Edwards is expected to be sidelined for 3 weeks, having suffered a shoulder injury on Friday night against NT Thunder.
Edwards was forced off the ground in the second quarter and failed to return to the field, after being on the receiving end of a robust hip-and-shoulder, and the bad news was confirmed later with scans revealing a grade 3 strain of the AC joint.
The timing couldn't have been worse for the player who would surely have been the next in line for a run in the senior team, long term injuries (touch wood it doesn't happen) permitting.
Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said that the quick Swan will need time to recover.
“It’s a two-to-three-week injury typically,” Harley said.
“It’s really a pain management issue once you can move your arm above your shoulder, if anyone’s done an AC joint in the past.
“He’s on our rookie list so at this point in time there wasn’t a spot available for him to play, however he has been in fantastic form and he’ll be sorely missed in the next week or so.
“By the same token, we don’t see any lone-term complications with that injury.”
Edwards has been in terrific form for the reserves team, averaging 21 possessions in his 4 games so far, and was amongst the Swans' best before the injury.
A disappointed Shaw lamented his absence.
“Shauny has been playing really good footy – probably our most consistent so far,” the coach said.
“He was in line for another good game so it’s disappointing. Hopefully he gets himself right and gets back as soon as possible.”
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