The Sydney Swans are set to welcome back veteran midfielder and former captain Jarrad McVeigh this week, after overcoming the latest in a long line of soft tissue injuries.
The 289-game-player will be a welcome return to the Swans senior side, having played just two games so far for the Sydney side, given he makes it through Wednesday's training session unscathed.
“Jarrad’s done a fair chunk of training now and had a good session down in Melbourne with Alex Johnson on Saturday morning,” Harley said.
“We expect him to train fully tomorrow with our main training session and put his hand up for selection.”
Defender Aliir Aliir has been cleared of any major structural damage to his left knee that he injured during the Swans NEAFL 102 point win on Saturday.
Swans head of football Tom Harley said that it's a good outcome for the defender.
“Aliir had a really strong game – he’s had a really strong couple of weeks both on the track and in the NEAFL,” Harley said in this week’s HCF Injury Update.
“He suffered a knee injury late in the game up in Queensland.
“Scans have confirmed it’s only minor so we’re really hopeful that he will train tomorrow and be available for selection.
“Aliir’s starting to come into good form so it’s important we get him up and going.”
Meanwhile, Kurt Tippett has been ruled out of football duties this weekend with a recurrence of an ankle injury he sustained early in the season against the Western Bulldogs in round 2.
While he played out the match and was one of the better Swans players on the ground, the 30-year-old pulled up sore after the game.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about his form but this is injury related now – he’s been carrying a bit of an ankle injury since the Round 2 game against the Bulldogs,” Harley said.
“It’s just been grumbling away through games and unfortunately it recovered poorly from the game in Aspley on the weekend, so he won’t play this week and we’ll make sure we give him the best chance to recover fully.
Speedster Harry Cunningham is progressing well in his recovery from a foot injury despite a minor set back during Monday's running session.
He's still at least 3 weeks away from being available for selection in the senior side.
Alex Johnson's recovery is well on track and it's hopeful that he'll play NEAFL football before the end of the season.
He has stepped up his running and is spending time strengthening his core and leg muscles to avoid a recurrence, but word from those in the know and close to the team is that he's traveling well.
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