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Sport Sydney Swans coach John Longmire hopeful on injured star Lance Franklin's future

14:40  14 january  2020
14:40  14 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Lance Franklin no guarantee for AFL round one after knee surgery

  Lance Franklin no guarantee for AFL round one after knee surgery Lance Franklin has undergone a knee arthroscopy, and Sydney admits the superstar forward is not a certain starter for round one of the AFL season. Lance Franklin has undergone a knee arthroscopy, and Sydney admits the superstar forward is not a certain starter fo Franklin was sent for scans after reporting back to the club with a sore knee, and subsequently went under the knife on Monday.The Swans expect Franklin, who turns 33 later this month, will resume full training in approximately 10 weeks.

Lance Franklin (born 30 January 1987), also known as Buddy Franklin , is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire says he has 'no idea' why rumours of an argument between Lance Franklin and his team-mates have emerged.

Lance Franklin wearing a red shirt standing in front of a fence© Getty Images

Sydney coach John Longmire recently celebrated his 49th birthday but he admits he was left flat when he received a call to say his star player would be sidelined with injury.

While spending time at his family home in NSW's Riverina over the break, the premiership winning coach was told about a knee injury to Lance Franklin.

Having reported to pre-season training early after a 2019 campaign marred by hamstring issues, Buddy looked primed for a big year.

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Unfortunately for the Swans, Franklin was sent in for minor surgery on his knee last Monday after experiencing some discomfort.

AFL 2020: Buddy Franklin in doubt for round one after minor knee surgery

  AFL 2020: Buddy Franklin in doubt for round one after minor knee surgery The four-time Coleman Medal winner has left no stone unturned in a bid to return to full fitness , shedding a few kilos and reporting to pre-season early.In December, Buddy was added to the Swans' leadership group for 2020, the only new addition to the five-man group. Players and staff at Sydney have long sung the praises of the champ, lauding his knowledge of the game and work with the younger players.Coach John Longmire spoke about the official recognition of that leadership."Lance has been elevated by the players in recognition of the huge investment he has made in the team," Longmire said.

John Longmire (born 31 December 1970) is the current coach of the Sydney Swans . As a player, he represented the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 1988 to 1999.

Sydney coach John Longmire had no answers after the Swans were played off the park in their elimination final. Lance Franklin was limited to eight disposals, as GWS captain Phil Davis kept Longmire was quizzed over whether there were any questions over Franklin ' s fitness before the game.

"I woke up on New Year's Eve, it's my birthday, I got the call about 10 o'clock in the morning and it flattened me out for a couple of hours," Longmire told RSN on Tuesday.

"We were obviously disappointed that it happened - he was just flying before Christmas.

"I certainly hadn’t seen him in as good a shape since he'd been at the club.

"We discussed the possibilities of just letting it settle, and we did for a couple of days, and we could have kept waiting and waiting for it.

"But the fact that he had the operation couple of years ago on the other knee and the fact that that went well, we thought it was best to do it now, rather than have to do it in season and miss a chunk of the year.

"While it’s not ideal, we’re confident he’ll be back really early season and back to his best."

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SYDNEY Swans coach John Longmire is " hopeful " star forward Lance Franklin will be available to take on Adelaide next Saturday. Franklin injured his back on Friday and was a late withdrawal from the side that lost to West Coast by 52 points on Sunday. "He hurt it on Friday

Sydney coach John Longmire won’t bow to sentimentality as Lance Franklin pushes to make his AFL comeback in Friday night’s Marn Grook Under the pump: Friday night's Marn Grook game was supposed to be Lance Franklin ' s 300th AFL match, until his hamstring injury scuppered those plans.

Sydney put a 10-week timeframe on Franklin's return to full training, placing his inclusion in round one very much in doubt.

Longmire said that while he thinks Buddy is best deployed further up the ground to take advantage of his field kicking skills, he may have to play deep forward until he builds up enough fitness.

The 2012 premiership coach, who is entering his 10th campaign in charge of the team, also suggested there may be a change in the way his side plays.

Longmire's young outfit missed the finals for the first time in his tenure last season and most predictions have them outside the eight in 2020.

Though, the coach says the additions of Lewis Taylor and Sam Gray, to go with the likes of Sam Reid, Isaac Heeney, Tom Papley, Tom McCartin and Will Hayward, will add a new dimension to their game.

"We feel like the mix of variety that we've got with players availabe in our front half is really good," he said.

"We need to get some more front-half turnovers... we need to make sure we put the pressure on."

Longmire, who will coach the All Stars against Victoria in a bushfire appeal next month, also flagged more midfield time for young gun forward Nick Blakey.

"We'd like to try Nick a little bit more in the midfield, we did at the back end of last season, while he's certainly tall he's got great athleticism and is a beautiful kick so he'll play a bit more up the ground," Longmire said.

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