In recovery mode: Lance Franklin.

In recovery mode: Lance Franklin. Photo: Getty Images

Lance Franklin, the man with the richest contract in the AFL, could become the most expensive scout in AFL history this week as doubts continue to swirl over his availability for Sydney's clash with Hawthorn on Friday night.

Just days before what captain Kieren Jack described as the club's "ultimate test", the Swans are no clearer as to whether the superstar forward will be fit to take on his former team.

But Kurt Tippett is considered a strong chance to make his first senior appearance this year.

Franklin, who was wearing a compression bandage around his right knee on Monday, is making slow improvement but will have to prove his fitness in the Swans' closed training under lights at the SCG on Wednesday night.

"He's been improving each day, we'll have a chat about it again tomorrow at our medical meeting but we may not know any more until Wednesday's training whether he plays or not,"  Swans coach John Longmire said.

"It's still a few days to go yet and we're a bit uncertain whether he'll be OK or not.

"It's been improving, whether he improves enough by Wednesday, we'll have that discussion.

"We'd expect him to do some training if he was going to play, so he'd have to do some training on Wednesday."

It would be a box-office blow for the Swans should they lose their marquee star from one of their showpiece games of the year.

A crowd of at least 35,000 is expected at ANZ Stadium on Friday, though more will be expected through the turnstiles if Franklin is passed fit to play.

But the $10 million man's intimate knowledge of the Hawks could play an important role in helping plot the reigning premiers' demise even if he was unable to pull on the boots.

"Our preview will start today. I'm sure he won't have to tell us, we'll be asking him what the ins and outs of what they do and try and exploit them," Jack said.

The Swans appear more confident over Tippett's chances of facing the Hawks.

"Kurt's looking a strong chance," Longmire said. "He did a really hard session on Saturday and pulled up really well.

"At this stage it looks as if he'll be training on Wednesday. If he gets through that, as we expect him to, he'll certainly be putting his hand up to play."

But Longmire said Tippett, who has played only a half of football in the reserves this year, would not play in the ruck this week due to his lack of match conditioning.

"That'd be a big ask for him, I'd imagine, to come into the team and be the second ruck," Longmire said.

"Rucking big minutes I think might be a bit too much. If we were to play him he'd primarily play forward."

The ruck could be an area of weakness this week for the Swans after Mike Pyke was ruled out with what Longmire described as a "very slight hamstring strain".

Longmire said Tom Derickx, a 26-year-old with eight games' experience, faced a big task against Hawks pair Ben McEvoy and David Hale, and Jarryd Roughead, who has rucked at times.

"He's still learning the game, people forget he had only played two or three games before he got here so in AFL terms he's actually quite young and raw," Longmire said.

"Sometimes the best way to learn is playing some senior footy, he's been learning on the job that way.

"When Pykey went off just before half-time we thought he did a pretty good job, rucked the entire second half and competed really well. That's a good start. He'll certainly be tested this week."

Longmire said he was pleased with the effort of Jake Lloyd, who had 29 possessions in only his third AFL game.

Lloyd, along with Ben McGlynn, Craig Bird and Harry Cunningham, is part of the next tier of midfielders Sydney wants to give more time on the ball this year, Longmire said.