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AFL’s Swans to sweat on Kennedy, Blakey

Sydney will sweat on harm issues to co-captain Josh Kennedy and teen Nick Blakey because the AFL finals draw nearer.

Kennedy limped off clutching his hamstring within the remaining minutes of Saturday evening’s 91-77 win over North Melbourne, whereas Blakey was substituted out of the sport with an ankle harm within the third quarter and would require scans.

Blakey, 21, had impressed in his new position in defence earlier than an ungainly touchdown from a marking contest prematurely ended his evening.

“Disappointing, he damage his ankle, it clearly did not look nice, and we’ll need to see how the scans go,” coach John Longmire mentioned.

“It was an ankle harm, however we do not understand how severe. It was dangerous sufficient to sub him. We expect it isn’t only a roll.

“So we have got our fingers crossed, hoping it isn’t too dangerous however it swelled up just about immediately.”

Longmire mentioned Kennedy had felt “tight” and the Swans would see how he pulled up on Sunday.

“Simply within the final minute and 20 (seconds) he tightened up within the hamstring,” Longmire mentioned.

“He simply mentioned he felt tight and did not wish to maintain jogging and operating and so he simply got here off the bottom.”

The AFL is contemplating scrapping the pre-finals bye and if both Blakey or Kennedy are dominated out for greater than every week, they might due to this fact miss an important remaining.

Sixth-placed Sydney rested Lance Franklin in anticipation of the pre-finals bye being canned.

Longmire did not affirm whether or not Franklin would return towards Gold Coast however mentioned the famous person ahead pulled up nicely after the Swans put him via “high-speed efforts” in coaching.

“We took the chance clearly with Lance not figuring out (whether or not the bye would occur),” Longmire mentioned.

“We’re listening to that there is a probability we play via, there will not be a bye, so we needed to take that chance with him.

“We’re nonetheless no clearer than anyone else, however we additionally perceive the issue in attempting to present readability when there’s so many transferring components.

“I imply, it have to be a nightmare to try to plan for the place this week’s video games are, not to mention a remaining sequence, so you’ll be able to perceive why there is a good bit of a delay to those selections.”

Longmire anticipated Jake Lloyd (knee) to face Gold Coast of their remaining regular-season sport subsequent week and hoped Callum Mills (achilles) would additionally show his health.

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