The coaches no doubt breathed a collective sigh of relief as Franklin returned to the field and turned the match on its head in the second quarter, after sustaining a badly corked thigh in the first.
The star forward collided with Essendon defender Brendon Goddard midway through the first, leaving the field for treatment, before returning with a visible limp.
Despite being visibly hampered, he returned to the field and ignited the Swans in the second quarter, even dropping a spectacular mark attempt, before gathering the spill and snapping truly.
Speaking to HCF Injury Update, Swans Head of Football Tom Harley confirmed that Lance Franklin would be available for Friday night's clash at the MCG.
“Lance has recovered really well,” Harley told SwansTV.
“When you’re assessing injuries during a game, the fact players can play through the games is a really positive sign.
“He’s an absolute pro in what he does post-game.
“We have training on Wednesday and he’ll train, and play on Friday night.”
Lewis Melican was a late withdrawal from the match on the weekend with quad tightness and will be assessed throughout the week.
The 20-year-old defender is expected to be available for selection should be train in the team's main session on Wednesday, but could find his way back into the team obscured after the stand out team performance.
Meanwhile, Kurt Tippett will be monitored throughout the week as he pushes for selection, after playing most of the NEAFL Grand Final on Saturday night with strapping at various points throughout the match.
|Lewis Melican (R)||Quad||Test|
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