Lance Franklin cleared over high bump
Posted on 01/24/19 6:23 PM
Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin has been cleared to face ladder-leaders Port Adelaide in Saturday’s AFL blockbuster after the AFL match review panel deemed his high bump didn’t warrant further action.
The Swans were sweating on the availability of Franklin following his high contact on Gold Coast Suns youngster Clay Cameron on Sunday.
On Monday, the Swans learned that the 27-year-old would be free to line up against the Power at the SCG.
“A free kick downfield was paid at the time for the high contact and it was the view of the panel that the high contact in the bump was below the force required to constitute a reportable offence,” said an AFL statement.
“No further action was required.”
The Swans will now turn their attention to another of their star forward recruits, Kurt Tippett, as he races the clock to overcome a knee injury.
The key forward will on Tuesday have scans on his left knee after being subbed off in the 35-point win over the Suns.
Medical staff have cleared Tippett of any structural damage, but how serious the injury is remains to be seen.
“Hopefully it’s all good and he’ll be right to go. If he isn’t, I guess we’ll have to deal with it during the week,” midfielder Josh Kennedy said after his side’s recovery session at Bondi Beach on Monday.
“He was pretty positive, he thought that he’d be right.
“I guess that’s all we can go off at the moment and just hope we can get the best results possible from the scans.”
Kennedy, who had 28 disposals and kicked two goals at the weekend, was confident third-placed Sydney had the depth to cover Tippett.
“There’s a lot of guys that are knocking down the door,” he said.
“I’m sure whoever (might need to come) in is going to be able to play a role.”