McVeigh in doubt for crucial Saints clash

Former Swans captain Jarrad McVeigh is in doubt to face St Kilda at Etihad this Saturday, after struggling through the Swans' 42 point win against North Melbourne match on Sunday evening with hamstring tightness.

McVeigh, 32, played in attack and kicked two crucial goals in the second quarter, despite looking hampered.

He was easily chased down on the lead by Ed Vickers-Willis, but used his guile to brush him aside, turn and slot through his first of two from a tight angle.

The veteran played just under 55 minutes of the match and finished the second half on the bench with ice on his hamstring.

"His hamstring did tighten up. He's mentally strong. There's not many that can keep playing with a tight hamstring," Longmire said after the game.

"(He) was pretty important for us."

McVeigh has had his struggles with sort tissue injuries over the past two seasons, including a litany of calf injuries that almost ruled him out of the 2016 grand final, as well as delaying the start of his 2017 campaign until round 7.

"It was important for us, particularly when it happens so early, to keep him playing if he thought he could," Longmire said.

"He's a very good judge of what he can and can't do and he used his smarts really well."

There's little doubt he's still an important player for the Swans, and a fit McVeigh is definitely in the best 22.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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