Injury update: Kennedy certain to return, Newman in doubt

Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy is almost certain to return to the fold this week, having completed his rehab work on a hamstring strain.

His availability for the blockbuster clash against Adelaide on Friday night is a massive boost for the club, after missing games against Geelong and Fremantle.

Swans Head of Football Tom Harley provided the latest injury update yesterday, and while the club is hopeful that Newman will be available, the good news is that there's no structural damage.

"Kurt was laying a tackle and as he did that, his leg flung out from behind him when he crossed Nic's knee, and hyper-extended the knee.

"He had the scans straight after the game, no structural damage, which is a positive.

"It'll be a pain management issue for Nic, so we'll assess him on Wednesday with the hope to get him up for Friday."

Meanwhile, on Monday in his weekly press conference, Longmire confirmed that he expected Kennedy to play, barring any training or rehab mishaps.

"Josh trained today and trained well. We expect him to train on Wednesday and obviously if he gets through that he'll be playing, which is good news," Swans coach John Longmire said on Monday.

It's now Wednesday and with no news coming from the club, it's safe to say that he's a lock for the game, while Nic will be shrouded in doubt with his knee.

Meanwhile, Harley confirmed that Sam Naismith has been progressing well in his recovery from the hip strain he suffered against Hawthorn.

While he may be available to play this week, it'll be touch and go depending on how he trains in the main session on Wednesday.

"He's got the hip strain issue that he's been dealing with.

"He's started his running, so he's getting the conditioning back into his legs.

"He needs to tick the final specific skills of ruck work and contact work on Wednesday, so we'll make a call on Sam on Wednesday."

Josh Kennedy Hamstring Test
Sam Naismith Hip Test
Nic Newman Knee Test
Colin O'Roirdan Ankle Test
Sam Murray Hip Test
Robbie Fox 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

Melbourne, Australia

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