Franklin setback for Swans

03 February 2021 14:44:52 GMTPlus10

Sydney Swans have suffered a setback with Lance Franklin's return to action after the star forward picked a calf injury in training.

The 34-year-old did not figure at all in the 2020 NRL campaign as he struggled with hamstring and groin injuries, but he has been going well in pre-season.

However Franklin has suffered a setback after complaining of tightness in his calf and the Swans are taking no chances with him.

The round one clash with Brisbane Lions on 20th March could now be out of reach and the Swans have given an update on his fitness.

"He was doing small group training skills for the last three weeks," Sydney coach John Longmire told AFL.com.au.

"Not with the main group, but off with a group of about six or seven others as they're coming back from various injuries or operations. They were doing a lot of training and a lot of work and looking really good.

"He was probably only a week off stepping back into the full program and he did about half the session last Friday and his calf pulled up a little bit tight. That's probably set him back about a week or so."

Longmire says they expect Franklin to miss the rest of this week and part of the next, but was no committal when asked about whether he would make round one.

"I don't know (about round one)," Longmire added. "When players come back, we get asked about round one every year. For me, it's not about that. It's about when he's ready to play, then he'll play. We're not dictated to by when the season starts, we're dictated to when we feel he's right."

The Swans are priced at 20/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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