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Sydney showed they can succeed without superstar Adam Goodes two weeks ago and will likely have to draw on that knowledge for Saturday's AFL clash with Richmond at the MCG.

The durable dual Brownlow Medallist was to undergo scans after reluctantly limping from the field with six minutes remaining as the Swans relinquished their unbeaten season start in Saturday night's nail-biting five-point loss to Adelaide at the SCG.

The club suspected a left hip flexor or quad injury and coach John Longmire had his fingers crossed.

The Swans strolled to a 36-point win over North Melbourne in round four without Goodes, whose celebrations for breaking Michael O'Loughlin's club games record of 303 were put on ice due to a one-game suspension.

And his teammates gave further cause for optimism if he faces time on the sidelines when they staged a brave last-gasp fightback against the Crows in his absence.

"I thought it was good to be able to come back," he said.

"The momentum shifts in games - we certainly lost it ... for 10 minutes (in the final quarter) and lost Goodesy at the same time.

"We got back. We could have won it in the end, so I was pleased with their ability to fight that out."

But Longmire was not attempting to downplay Goodes' importance to the team.

"He played a pretty important role for us out of the goal square and obviously I'm hoping he's right next week, but I'm not sure at the moment," he said.

"And I don't think he knows. I don't think he's had too many soft tissue injuries."

Goodes is renowed for his durability almost as much as his class.

In 2008, his run of 204 consecutive AFL games ended due to a one-match ban.

Since winning the Rising Star award in 1999, he's played at least 22 games every season - barring '08 when he was restricted to 21.

Suspension has often been the culprit for his rare omissions, not injury.

On Saturday night, Goodes didn't register a possession in the final term - which the Crows took control of with four swift goals.

Goodes kicked five goals in three quarters and would have been a potential match-winner in the dying stages.

However, Longmire was more worried about his side's fade-outs, which happened when the 32-year-old was on the park.

"We didn't win the game, but I look at what we could control. Which is the first quarter and the 10 minutes after three-quarter-time.

"And we didn't (control them). Ultimately that's what cost us the game."

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