Champion ahead Lance Franklin may return from his knee harm simply in time to assist Sydney get well from their goal-kicking nightmare.
Coach John Longmire has put the Swans’ inaccurate exhibiting towards Geelong final weekend right down to a “unhealthy day on the workplace” somewhat than an endemic situation that would scupper his Thirteenth-placed aspect’s finals hopes.
Final yr’s runners-up had a golden alternative to shut in on the highest eight and silence talks of a hoodoo towards Geelong once they hosted the reigning premiers on Friday.
As a substitute, the Swans blew their possibilities in entrance of aim, managing solely six main scores from their half-century of inside-50s and ending with 18 behinds in a 54-all draw.
Isaac Heeney and Robbie Fox had late possibilities to shut the sport out for Sydney, with Cats coach Chris Scott admitting Geelong may take into account themselves fortunate to have escaped with two factors.
Longmire says he’ll reduce his younger aspect some slack, insisting even one of the best have off days.
“It was a foul day on the workplace,” he stated.
“Should you take a look at Melbourne, as an illustration, on the weekend that they had 73 inside-50s and so they bought overwhelmed and kicked 5.15. It does occur.
“You’d somewhat it not occur and we’ll work to try to get it higher. However we’ll additionally steadiness it out … among the soccer we performed was excellent, very sturdy footy.
“We did a hell of rather a lot proper in that sport.”
The prolific Franklin has been sidelined since spherical 13, with the Swans hoping to make a name by Tuesday on whether or not he can return for Thursday evening’s conflict towards Richmond on the MCG.
He had been an opportunity to characteristic towards the Cats however Longmire opted to not danger the 36-year-old because the Swans proceed their cautious method to Franklin’s health.
“It is that nice line that in case you do an excessive amount of in coaching with him, it would make him sore for the sport a few days later. We did not wish to be in that place,” he stated.
“Final week was about, ‘We’ll do sufficient that he must do to really feel good, hopefully he pulls up OK’.
“That offers him one of the best probability to coach right this moment and be out there for choice this week, hopefully.”
Defender Tom McCartin may make his return from a protracted concussion lay-off after two weeks within the VFL.
“We’ll make a name in all probability tomorrow,” Longmire stated on Monday.
“In the event that they each get by way of coaching, for the primary time in a very long time we’ll have some choice stress.”
A win over the Tigers may transfer the Swans to ninth on the ladder – larger than they’ve been since spherical 5.
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