Injury update: Key Swans in race against time

The Swans could welcome back a bevy of players for the Friday night clash agains the Cats at Skilled Stadium, with injuries to key players not as bad as first feared.

Captain Josh Kennedy has been cleared of any serious injury and still remains in the frame to take on the Cats, with the Wednesday training session being pivotal.

Speaking with HCF, Swans Head of Football Tom Harley was optimistic on Kennedy's chances of lining up against Geelong.

“He is better than what we thought but we will still assess him again on Wednesday,” Harley said.

“Josh is absolutely still in the frame to play but he will need to go through training and get through that.

“It is positive news from our end as he clearly did have some tightness on Friday night against the Hawks.”

Jake Lloyd (hip) and Gary Rohan (back) were late withdrawals against the Hawks last Friday night.

Jake Lloyd carried the hip injury through the week, but was unable to recover in time to play.

Meanwhile, Rohan was fit to play leading up to the match, but during the warmup experienced hip and back spasms, which ruled him out of the game.

Harley said that both players had recovered well, and expected both to be available for selection.

“Jake Lloyd had some hip tightness and couldn’t recover from that fully to take his part in the game against Hawthorn,” Harley said.

“Gary Rohan was good to go before starting the warm up and getting some back, hip and hamstring spasms, which prohibited him from playing.

“Both of those players have recovered well, obviously not playing in the game helped those guys, so they will train on Wednesday and we hope they get up.”

Fellow big men Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith suffered injuries in the loss to the Hawks, with Sinclair rolling his ankle in the last quarter and Naismith a hip injury in the first half.

Sinclair has been cleared of any serious damage, and is expected to be available for selection ahead of the Cats clash, while a decision on Naismith will be made on Wednesday.

Sam Reid however remains a wait-and-see prospect, with the main training session on Wednesday being the litmus test for whether or not Sam has recovered from his groin injury.

Harley's up-beat on his return given the forward trained with the main group on Monday.

“He had a groin injury after the Giants game and has missed the two games since,” Harley said.

“By not having the game he is clearly better than what he would have been had he played.

“Sam ran on Monday, will join in Wednesday and put his hand up for selection.”

Speedster Harry Cunningham could be available for selection this week, with his return to senior football paved through the NEAFL.

Callum Sinclair Ankle Test
Josh Kennedy Hamstring Test
Jake Lloyd Hip Test
Gary Rohan Back Test
Sam Naismith Hip Test
Sam Reid Groin Test
Harry Cunningham Foot Test
Robbie Fox Ankle 2-4 Weeks
Colin O'Roirdan Ankle 1 Week
Darcy Cameron Shoulder Season

Sydney Swans injury list.

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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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