Lance Franklin is on track to return to the field much sooner than expected, having blitzed his recovery from a knee injury.
Sydney Swans superstar Lance Franklin is on track to make an earlier-than-expected return for his side’s Saturday night clash with the unbeaten Demons.
Franklin, who missed the Swans’ last two games due to bone bruising suffered in Round Five’s loss to GWS, was initially expected to miss up to four weeks.
But Swans coach John Longmire said today that the 34-year-old was “feeling really good” and eyeing selection for this week’s MCG fixture.
“His knee’s come on really well, his knee’s in really good shape now,” Longmire told reporters.
“The bone bruising’s turned around pretty quickly. Once the swelling went out of it he’s been feeling really good. He ran, did a really solid session on Friday which was ahead of schedule, pulled up well over the weekend and then trained really hard again today.
“It was a lot shorter period that he wasn’t able to run than what we predicted, so that was a good sign.
“He was able to get in there and go again and get the miles in his legs, which is what we’ve always required from him, to make sure he gets to that level of training before we play. We’ll see how he is.”
Through three games this season, Franklin has kicked 11 goals after he missed all of last season due to soft-tissue injuries.
In more good news for the Swans, star defender Dane Rampe, who missed the last three rounds following surgery on a broken finger, also looks set to make his return.
“He’s a real chance, he’s done a fair bit of training with us,” Longmire said.
“He wasn’t marking the ball early on, but he was running around last week and catching the ball in training sessions. He trained really hard again on Saturday, so he’s a big chance to come back in.
“He was able to play a couple of games before he got it operated on as well. So he’s quite capable of being able to put things to one side and get on with the job at hand.”
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