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Key pair could return

Ben Guthrie  May 18, 2017 8:46 AM

Sydney could be boosted by the return of stars Dane Rampe and Kurt Tippett for its clash against in-form St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Rampe has featured in only the opening round of the season against Port Adelaide after breaking his arm in bizarre circumstances in March.

The rebounding defender was out on a recovery run with teammates when he tripped and fell over a chain outside the SCG complex.

Swans coach John Longmire is hopeful Rampe will be available for selection, should be get through training on Thursday.

"He trained on Tuesday and he trained well," Longmire told SEN radio.

"We expect him to train today (Thursday) and we'll make a decision after that.

"He's been running for a number of weeks now, he's really fit but we'll see how he goes this morning at training."

Tippett played in the Swans' NEAFL side last weekend with the decision made to not select him in the senior team due to a limited preparation.

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Dane Rampe chats to coach John Longmire ahead of training at the SCG.

The ruckman sprained his ankle against the Western Bulldogs in round two and has managed just three games this season.

Tippett kicked four goals, had 22 disposals and took six marks in the NEAFL on Saturday.

"The reason why we played him in the reserves last week is that he missed a lot of football and a lot of training," Longmire said.

"He still didn't get through the full four quarters last week – he was a little bit tight in his hip in the last quarter so he was able to sit out the rest of the game in the reserves, which he wouldn't have been able to do at senior level.

"He was able to get some game time under his belt but he was also able to manage his hip which is the reason why he missed the previous week.

"He ran on Tuesday and we'll look to see if he trains today. If he trains today he'll be available and really back in that selection mix to play."