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Lance Franklin earns reprieve but Swans worried about Kurt Tippett

Swans and seagulls: Sydney players ice their legs at Bondi rock pool on Monday following their win over the Suns on Sunday.

Swans and seagulls: Sydney players ice their legs at Bondi rock pool on Monday following their win over the Suns on Sunday. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Lance Franklin is free to face Port Adelaide in Saturday's big clash against Sydney at the SCG but the other half of the Swans' glamorous goalsquare pairing, Kurt Tippett, remains under an injury cloud for the match.

Franklin had been in danger of a minimum one-match penalty after during incident in the 35-point victory over Gold Coast on Saturday, but the match review panel deemed that the high contact was below the force required for a report to be laid.

Tippett will have scans on Tuesday to determine the seriousness of a left knee injury he suffered during the match.

In doubt: Kurt Tippett will have scans on his injured knee on Tuesday and is in danger of missing the Port Adelaide match.

In doubt: Kurt Tippett will have scans on his injured knee on Tuesday and is in danger of missing the Port Adelaide match. Photo: Getty Images

But even if scans clear Tippett of any structural damage he faces a race against the clock to be available given the Swans' six-day break between games.

The club is unlikely to take any risks despite the high stakes in the top-of-the-table clash.

The good news for Sydney and Tippett, however, is that his latest injury is not to his troublesome right knee.

Tippett missed the Swans' preliminary final in Perth last year because of knee tendinitis, and the problem also delayed his start to 2014.

Tippett's absence would be a huge blow for Sydney given the successful partnership he has formed with Franklin in their four games together.

"They really give us focal points up forward, with Reidy and Goodesy there," said Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy.

"It makes us more predictable going forward, the small guys get to their feet, they're able to crumb and get a few goals.

"It keeps any backline in the competition accountable for who they're on because any of those players down there can pop up and kick a bag at any time."

Should Tippett miss, it would force coach John Longmire to reshuffle a forward line which has been lethal in the past month.

It could provide an opening for for Mike Pyke to come back and play as a ruck-forward. The premiership big man played in the reserves on Sunday after missing four weeks with a hamstring strain.

"We have great depth at the moment. There's a lot of guys who are knocking down the door," Kennedy said.

"The fact we've been playing well and winning has made it tough but if one of them doesn't get up I'm sure whoever comes in can play a role."

The Swans dodged a bullet when Franklin was given the all clear after his bump on Gold Coast's Clay Cameron.

Kennedy said the Swans do not have a team rule banning the bump but Longmire said last year in the fallout over Jack Ziebell's suspension that players bumped at their own risk.

Despite Sydney's status as a perennial finalist, Kennedy considers his team, which is shooting for an eighth straight win, the "challenger" against the up and coming Power, who are two games clear at the top of the ladder. Port upset the Swans when the pair last met last year in round 13.

"They're the in-form team of the comp, no doubt, they've played well throughout the course of the season," Kennedy said.

"They're on top of the ladder so I think we're the challenger. They're playing really, really well and we want to test ourselves against the best and at the moment they're the best."

6 comments so far

  • What an absolute disgrace, high, late and with intent, he should be fronting the judiciary, not Haydn Ballentyne

    Commenter
    Bob
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    June 10, 2014, 7:45AM
    • The match this Saturday should be a ripper.
      Crickey, I hope 'Tippo' is fit - the combination of the Swans forward line is greater than the sum of each individual.
      The more they get to know the game of the other, the finer the harmony.

      Commenter
      Howe Synnott
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 8:57AM
      • There is no way in the world Tippett will be playing this Saturday. He's having scans for an injured knee. Did you not read the article?

        Commenter
        Catherine
        Date and time
        June 10, 2014, 6:32PM
    • I agree Bob. The AFL got it all wrong this time around. As if Sydney don't get enough preferential treatment in the league without their stars getting kid glove handling by the MRP.

      One rule for the stars, another rule for the "villains".

      Commenter
      GeeWhiz
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 3:37PM
      • "The AFL got it wrong this time around"? This happens every week. Absolutely agree with Bob. Sydney is a protected species.

        Commenter
        Catherine
        Date and time
        June 10, 2014, 6:34PM
      • @geewizzz its got to do with bums on seats this weekend at the game of the round...if the top line players are out it will cost the AFL ...its a business not a sport ...get with the times

        Commenter
        skeptic
        Location
        perth
        Date and time
        June 11, 2014, 8:08AM

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