The Sydney Swans have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their crucial Round 8 clash against the Hawks on Friday night at the SCG.
Swans star Dan Hannebery, ruled a 50-50 chance as late as Friday last week, has been ruled out of the contest.
Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said that Hannebery would not line up against the Hawks.
“The short week will go against Dan unfortunately – we have built the program with the focus on the Fremantle game the following Saturday,” Harley said.
“Dan is progressing really well through that, so he is ticking all the boxes he needs to at the moment.
“He is running and will build that up at the back end of this week to work his way into skills next week. Hopefully we see him play against the Dockers.”
Team mate Lance Franklin remains a chance to play and will continue to push his case this week, with Wednesday’s main training session set to test the star forward.
“Lance is definitely trending in the right direction and he has done some running,” Harley said.
“We have our main training session on Wednesday night and the expectation is that Lance will train and put his hand up to play.
“If he is fit and available he will play, he has just got to get through training on Wednesday night.”
Defender Lewis Melican is continuing his recovery and is still two weeks away, while forward Sam Reid has responded well to his quadricep surgery, and has reached the halfway mark in his recovery.
“Sam has recovered really well from the surgery and doesn’t have any pain, so he is starting to get going again,” Harley said.
“We will be respecting the injury and the fact he had surgery, so we are still sticking to that eight-to-ten week time frame.
“His recovery from the surgery has been outstanding.”
|Lance Franklin||Bruised heel||Test|
|Dan Hannebery||Groin||1 Week|
|Lewis Melican||Hamstring||2 Weeks|
|Toby Pink (R)||Ankle||2 Weeks|
|Jordan Dawson||Quad||3 Weeks|
|James Bell R||Hamstring||3 Weeks|
|Jordan Foote||Toe||3 Weeks|
|Alex Johnson (R)||Groin||3 Weeks|
|Sam Reid||Quad||6-8 Weeks|
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