Teams: Sydney Swans vs Collingwood Magpies, Round 10, 2019

The Swans have made two changes ahead of their Round 10 Marn Grook clash against Collingwood on Friday night, welcoming back superstar forward Lance Franklin from a hamstring complaint and co-captain Josh Kennedy.

Ruled out in the lead-up to the Round 6 GWS Giants game, Franklin has been on the precipice of selection for the last month, undergoing a fitness test every week.

The 32-year-old was ruled out of the Swans's Round 9 clash, and given time to build his fitness and train with the team, with the Marn Grook round approaching.

The daring selection paid off, with the Swans pulling off one of their best wins in the last 25 years - the youngest Swans team since 1997, and the youngest Swans side to win a game since Round 4, 1994.

Co-captain Josh Kennedy was a late omission last week before the North Melbourne clash, failing a fitness test on Saturday.

Former Kangaroos midfielder Ryan Clarke was a late inclusion on Saturday, and proved his worth, limiting North's most damaging midfielder Shaun Higgins to just 20 disposals.

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire was delighted to welcome back his two stars.

“Both Josh and Lance did all of training last night and got through the whole session and looked really good, which is fantastic,” Longmire said.

“We’ll have a look at how Lance fits back in to the team. We’re mindful that he’s been out for a few weeks and comes back into the team for the first team, and we’ll have a look at how things work around him.”

Zak Jones (hamstring) and James Rowbottom (omission) have made way for the two veterans, after facing North Melbourne in Hobart last week.


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J. Kennedy (c)
L. Franklin
Z. Jones (hamstring)
J. Rowbottom
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J. Rowbottom
B. Ronke
J. Rose
J. McInerney

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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

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