Will Hayward will miss another week as the Sydney Swans err on the side of caution with the exciting forward.
Hayward was a surprise omission ahead of Friday’s clash with Melbourne after it was revealed the 18-year-old had developed some foot soreness following the Round 14 thriller with Essendon.
Despite benefiting greatly from the weekend off, Head of Football Tom Harley has put the clamps on the speedster.
“He’s had a massive first year coming from a low base, from playing school footy in South Australia to playing at a higher level in the AFL,” Harley explained in this week’s HCF Injury Update.
“He had a few bumps and bruises after the game against Essendon, and developed a little bit of foot pain, so we’ve taken a very conservative approach with him.
“He’s presented really well after not playing on the weekend but we’ll take another week with him, purely as a precautionary, and expect him to play next week.”
Hayward joins Kurt Tippett and Harry Cunningham on the sidelines after the duo was given an extra week of recovery.
Tippett has been progressing, slowly but surely, on a lingering ankle injury originally sustained in the Round 2 clash with the Western Bulldogs.
It’s wreaked havoc on the ruckman’s fitness and ultimately forced his late withdrawal ahead of Round 12.
He then played two games in the NEAFL but was still hampered, which prompted the medicos to remove him all together from selection to give the problem area time to heal.
He’s expected, like Cunningham (foot), to transition from strength and conditioning to skill work next week with the view to being available for Sydney Derby XIII.
Meanwhile, Callum Mills’ concussion will be monitored closely during the week to determine whether the 20-year-old will be fully fit for Saturday’s clash with Gold Coast.