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Heeney good to go

Injury Update - March 12th, 2019 Head of Football Charlie Gardiner updates the Sydney Swans injury list.
LISMORE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Isaac Heeney of the Swans prepares before the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Oakes Oval on March 10, 2019 in Lismore, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
LISMORE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Isaac Heeney of the Swans prepares before the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Oakes Oval on March 10, 2019 in Lismore, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Star midfielder Isaac Heeney has been cleared of any major damage and is set to be available for Round 1 after spraining his ankle in the club’s JLT Community Series win on Sunday.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury early in Sydney’s 42-point victory over the Gold Coast Suns in Lismore, but Swans Head of Football Charlie Gardiner said the news was positive.

“It’s not a major sprain so we expect him to train this week and be ready for Round 1,” Gardiner said.

Young speedster Oliver Florent missed Sunday’s clash after hurting his foot in Sydney’s opening JLT Community Series fixture against GWS.

Gardiner said the Swans’ 2018 Rising Star was tracking well to take part in the season opener. 

“Oliver is a chance for Round 1,” Gardiner said.

“His recovery is progressing well, he’s expected to train this week and I’m sure he’ll be putting his hand up for selection.” 

Reigning Sydney Club Champion Jake Lloyd (illness) also watched from the sideline as the Swans overcame the Suns although there are no concerns for the quick half-back.

“Jake had a bout of illness in the lead-up to Sunday’s game and we just thought we’d manage him and give him the weekend off,” Gardiner said. 

“He’ll train fully again this week and he’ll be ready for Round 1.” 

Veteran Swans Kieren Jack and Nick Smith have been working through modified programs in pre-season training. 

Smith didn’t feature after Round 21 of last season after injuring his hamstring in Sydney’s game against Melbourne, while illness has in recent days also interrupted the All Australian defender’s pre-season. 

Gardiner said the pair would continue to work through their programs as the season approaches.

“Kieren has been gradually increasing his training and is now joining in on full skills sessions,” Gardiner said. 

“He’ll train this weekend.

"Some players have some time off but Kieren will be putting in some time on the track, and he’ll also be one putting his hand up for selection in Round 1.

“Unfortunately, Nick has been hampered by illness, which has limited his capacity to train.

“Given Nick is still a number of weeks off resuming full training, it’s unlikely he will feature in the early part of the season.

“He’s clearly an important player for us in terms of leadership and experience, so we look forward to having him back out there once he’s fully fit.”