Sydney say Ted Richards' continued absence from the Swans' team is due to a lack of match fitness rather than the concussion that prompted the veteran defender to consider retirement.
Sydney and the Western Bulldogs go into their Saturday clash the two best defensive sides in the competition. Both, however, are having more than their share of problems kicking a decent score.
The AFL will have to pay compensation to ANZ Stadium to guarantee Sydney play their home finals this year at the SCG and avoid a backlash from Swans fans.
Veteran Swans defender Ted Richards only rates himself an even-money chance of playing in next Saturday's vital clash against the Western Bulldogs in Sydney.
The Western Bulldogs could be buoyed by the return of star defenders Easton Wood and Jason Johannisen, while three others remain in the mix for senior selection ahead of Saturday night's Blockbuster against Sydney.
Sydney forward Isaac Heeney says he has come back from the bye refreshed and ready to recapture the stellar early season form that made his partnership with Lance Franklin one of the most feared in the competition.
After three years of flawless Hawthorn, in 2016 no team stands without warts.
Sydney defender Ted Richards is no certainty to make a belated return to senior football this week as the Swans begin a crucial three-week stretch that will go a long way to shaping their top-four hopes.
The Swans will get a clearer understanding of where they sit in the premiership race over the next three weeks when they run the gauntlet against fellow contenders the Western Bulldogs, Geelong and Hawthorn.
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For those who love the way the game used to be played, this was the match for you. It was also a reminder that sometimes the past is not as good as you remembered.
Ever since Zak Jones picked up a football, he hasn't been able to get the wood over his older brother Nathan. On Sunday, Zak has a great opportunity to get one back.
There was a time when veteran Sydney defender Heath Grundy had to fight tooth and nail for every one of his AFL appearances.
Sydney ruckman Kurt Tippett has had surgery on his hamstring, delaying his return by another fortnight and raising further doubts whether he will be at his peak for the finals.
Matthew Lloyd and Melbourne mentor Paul Roos sit down to chat about coaching and life.
Sydney forward James Rose says he is more deserving of his senior matches this year after being delivered a "reality check" by coach John Longmire over summer.
One of the AFL's biggest improvers, prolific Sydney onballer Tom Mitchell is poised to re-sign with the Swans as soon as next week.
After experiencing the worst concussion of his career, Sydney Swans player Ted Richards says retirement was on his mind.
Greater Western Sydney have suffered a blow with forward Steve Johnson to miss up to two weeks with a foot injury.
Outstanding Sydney AFL youngster Callum Mills has been labelled special by the man whose place he has effectively taken.