The Sydney Swans, already missing tall players Sam Naismith (acl), Sam Reid (quad) and Lance Franklin through injury, and Kurt Tippett through retirement, have been dealt another blow ahead of their round seven match against the Kangaroos at the SCG on Saturday night.
195-centimetre defender Lewis Melican, has been ruled out of the Roos’ clash through injury, suffering a setback in his recovery from a minor hamstring strain.
Sydney Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said the setback happened at training ahead of the trip to Geelong, with the Swans originally bullish on his chances of playing, but will now miss another three weeks of football.
“This time last week we were very bullish on making the trek down to Geelong but unfortunately in the final stages of his (Melican’s) rehab he had a minor setback,” Harley said.
“The prognosis is a couple of weeks on top of what we were already dealing with, which is really disappointing as he was trending in the right direction.
“He won’t play this week and is probably looking at another 2-3 weeks out.”
Swans superstar forward Lance Franklin (bruised heel) and Dan Hannebery (groin) have also been ruled out ahead of the round seven clash against the Roos.
Franklin initially suffered a bruised heel against the Eagles at Optus Oval, with the Swans and venue management engaging in a public stoush over who’s to blame.
Franklin, unable to train with the injury, had been struggling for the past month, with the Swans deciding to rest him for the Cats clash.
Midfielder Dan Hannebery missed the Cats clash with a minor groin strain, suffered in round five against the Crows in the Swans’ disappointing 10-point loss.
The Swans are hopeful that both players will be available for the blockbuster round eight match against the Hawks at the MCG.
Meanwhile, Dean Towers could be a possible inclusion, having missed the Cats game last week due to an eye injury sustained at training.
He will have to await further consultation with an eye specialist before being cleared and declared fit to play against North Melbourne on Saturday night.
“He (Towers) got a poke to the eye, it’s as simple as that. It caused a hyphema, which is a bleed in the eye,” Harley said.
“Obviously we had to treat that with great respect so he saw the specialist on Thursday and was subsequently ruled out.
“Dean will see the specialist tomorrow morning, we are expecting that to be positive news, but until we get that we won’t know.”
|Dan Hannebery||Groin||1 Weeks|
|Lance Franklin||Bruised heel||1 Week|
|Lewis Melican||Hamstring||3 Weeks|
|Toby Pink (R)||Ankle||2-3 Weeks|
|Jordan Dawson||Quad||4 Weeks|
|James Bell R||Hamstring||4 Weeks|
|Jordan Foote||Toe||4 Weeks|
|Alex Johnson (R)||Groin||4 Weeks|
|Sam Reid||Quad||7-9 Weeks|
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