The Sydney Swans announced on Monday morning ahead of training, that superstar forward Lance Franklin would miss the upcoming Round 9 match against Fremantle on Saturday night.
His bruised heel continues to be a worry for player and club, having failed to recover in time for the Hawks match, and reported to have suffered a setback at training.
"We probably suspected it after we gave him a go last week and he couldn't get up," he said on Monday.
"We can't give a definitive answer (on when he'll return).
"He can run on the treadmill and he did some training last week out on the ground, but that’s when it got a bit sore and we pulled the pin.
"We didn't want to make it worse."
The early prognosis on Dan Hannebery was far more positive, giving him every chance to be available and prove his fitness ahead of team selection on Thursday afternoon.
While he was omitted early last week ahead of the Friday night clash at the MCG against Hawthorn, he travelled with the team and was seen being put through a fitness test.
Tuesday morning’s update from Swans Head of Football Tom Harley suggested that Hannebery was close to returning to the senior team, with the main session on Thursday set to determine his fitness.
“He trained this morning so we will see how he recovers from that,” Harley said.
“We have got another training session on Thursday and we expect him to get through that and we will make a call then.
“His return is certainly close.”
Defender Lewis Melican is edging closer to a return to senior action, with Harley declaring he’s at the end of his rehab and ready to return to full training.
“With the fact it was a recurrence of an injury in the final stages of his rehabilitation you’re forced to take a more conservative approach,” Harley said.
“He won’t play this week but going into next week we would hope he has had two weeks of full training.
“We will assess him early next week but he is right at the end phase of his rehab now he is back training with the group.”
Young Swan Jake Brown suffered a shoulder strain in the Swans’ NEAFL win on Saturday and is expected to miss the next fortnight.
Rookie forward Toby Pink will push for reserve selection this week, having recovered from an ankle strain that’s sidelined him since the start of the NEAFL season.
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