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Swans' Rohan confident after knee scare

  • Swans' Rohan confident after knee scare

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal with Gary Rohan of the Swans during the 2016 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney speedster Gary Rohan has full confidence in his knee going into the AFL grand final after he played unhindered against Geelong.

The 25-year-old was a key contributor in the 37-point preliminary final win over the Cats just six days after he was stretchered from the SCG with a knee injury to the same leg he badly broke in 2012.

He says he gained a lot of confidence after he trained on Wednesday, which was reinforced by his performance against Geelong.

"I didn't feel it all during the game, which was really positive," Rohan told AAP.

"When I went down I did fear the worst. Obviously there's a bit of history with that leg, so I got a bit of a shock. But I've got rods and screws in there that hold it all together.

"I'm really confident in it."

So swift was his recovery, his teammates quickly saw the lighter side.

"The boys put a stretcher in my locker," he said.

"It was all a bit of fun."

In-form defender Aliir Aliir injured his knee against the Cats, but is a chance to play in the grand final after scans showed he had only suffered a ligament strain.

Jarrad McVeigh (calf) and Callum Mills (hamstring) didn't play in the preliminary final but will have a chance to press their claims on a return at training this week.

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