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Sore Swans steeled for AFL prelim: Kennedy

  • Sore Swans steeled for AFL prelim: Kennedy

    The Sydney Swans coach faces an anxious wait on the fitness of key players injured against Adelaide.

Another anxious Sunday lies ahead for Sydney coach John Longmire, as he awaits injury updates on co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and impact forward Gary Rohan.

Both Rohan (leg) and McVeigh (calf) were hurt in the first half of Saturday's 36-point semi-final win over Adelaide at the SCG.

The Swans have just a six-day turnaround before shaping up to a rested Geelong at the MCG.

Sydney lost two players, ruckman Kurt Tippett (jaw) and back Callum Mills (hamstring) after last Saturday's qualifying final defeat by GWS Giants.

Both remain in doubt for next Friday's game, while scans on Rohan and McVeigh will determine if either of those have any chance of facing Geelong.

On first look, luckless Rohan appeared to have little hope of playing next week after he was hurt following a marking contest seconds before halftime.

Rohan, who has missed well over 50 per cent of Sydney's games through multiple injuries since his debut in 2010, was stretchered off the ground and was hobbling around after the match.

"Gary copped a knock on the side, I don't know if it's a structural thing, so we'll have to see how bad that is," Longmire said.

McVeigh came off in the first half and did resume for a short period after halftime, before leaving the game permanently.

"We just didn't want to keep pushing it and after we bad a look at him run around, we thought thats enough," Longmire said.

"He said it was too soon to make a call on whether Tippett or Mills had any chance of playing next week.

"Kurt was able to some training for us two days ago, he did a couple a couple of drills and ran around alright," Longmire said.

"I'm sure he'll train this week; I'm not sure about Callum yet."

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