Sydney coach John Longmire was surprised and stoked to see ruckman Tom Hickey make a outstanding return because the injury-ravaged AFL facet copped yet one more setback.
Lewis Melican was substituted within the fourth quarter of the Swans’ two-point win over Geelong due to hamstring and groin points, with Longmire uncertain how lengthy the important thing defender could be out for.
Longmire is hopeful co-captain Dane Rampe may make a well timed return from a damaged finger in opposition to Melbourne in spherical eight, bolstering the Swans’ undermanned defence.
“We’ll again Dane in to make a great name, he all the time does,” Longmire stated.
Isaac Heeney suffered a painful knock to the ribs on the SCG on Saturday night time, however Longmire is upbeat that the younger gun averted critical harm after taking part in out the remainder of the sport.
Hickey was anticipated to spend six to eight weeks on the Swans’ harm checklist, which is headed by key-position gamers Rampe, Lance Franklin, and Sam Reid.
However the prized recruit as an alternative missed only one recreation due to his torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), returning with a bang to be one of many Swans’ finest in Saturday’s upset victory.
“I am nonetheless scratching my head about it,” Longmire stated.
“We expect he may need damage it a bit in 2016 … and possibly that is why he is been in a position to restoration a lot.
“His knee should have been used to not having a full posterior cruciate, if that is sensible.
“Very hardly ever do you see it. I’ve seen Adam Goodes do it a few occasions … Goodesy I bear in mind did not miss every week.
“Particularly with a ruckman, it is a good effort … that confirmed nice character.”
Longmire famous that Heeney, who final week returned from his damaged hand after lacking only one recreation, had additionally proven admirable composure to assist the Swans break their two-game dropping streak.
“Gamers throughout the competitors have nice guts to get on the market,” he stated.
“Isaac will get crushed up a bit as a result of he flies at it with such braveness. He was okay after (the knock on Saturday night time).”
Longmire praised his facet’s spirit on the SCG, the place they trailed by 29 factors early within the second quarter.
The Swans staged a outstanding comeback then snatched the 4 factors when Tom Papley snapped a match-winning purpose with simply 91 seconds remaining.