While pre-season training moved into full-swing at the SCG this week, there’s been a setback for Swans Luke Parker and Tom Papley.
Parker had arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to assist his recovery from the PCL injury he suffered in the preliminary final against Geelong.
Papley has also had surgery after being diagnosed with Compartment syndrome, which is a build-up of pressure in the lower limbs.
Sydney’s Head of Football Tom Harley said both players have been consulting specialists and surgery wasn’t an option, until now.
“Rest and recovery is the best typically (to heal a PCL injury) and Luke has been doing that since the Grand Final. He was starting to ramp up his training but the injury has regressed slightly,” Harley said.
“It was decided a couple of days ago that an arthroscope is the best course of action and we fully expect Luke to recover well.”
Harley said Papley was also tracking well until he resumed training.
“Tom Papley developed Compartment syndrome when he started to ramp up his off-season program and he required surgery last week to release the pressure in the compartments in both legs,” Harley said.
“There’s some wound healing initially that he will need to recover from and he will be off legs for the best part of eight weeks.
“It’s disappointing but the success rate for this type of surgery is really high, so we’re looking forward to Tom recovering well and hitting the ground running come the new year.”
Meanwhile Lance Franklin and Sam Naismith will focus on running programs in the lead-up to Christmas as they recover from post-season shoulder surgeries.
All four players are expected to return to full training in the new year.