Lance Franklin will miss 3-4 weeks after succumbing to bone bruising on his knee following the Swans narrow 2-point loss to the Giants.

Sydney coach John Longmire confirmed the star forward suffered the injury late in the third quarter during a heavy collision, only moments after losing gun ruckman Tom Hickey to a knee injury.

“Unfortunately Tom’s hurt his PCL so he’s probably 6-8 weeks, and Lance is probably 3-4 weeks he’s got some bone bruising. There was probably a 2-minute period before three-quarter time we lost both of them within 30 seconds.”

“Tom did his in a ruck contest which can be quite common in PCL injuries, and Lance did his in a collision.”

“He’s [Franklin] alright, it’s what happens in football. He comes back, unfortunately it was just a collision type injury that you can’t do much about and that’s what happens and hopefully it’s only a few weeks and he gets back going again. You just have to roll with the punches a little bit, it’s just what happens in the game.”

Longmire admits whilst the club will miss Franklin and Hickey, there’s plenty of depth at the club to fill their void.

“It happened to really good players, but it’s happening across the competition a little bit I guess. It’s that period where you’re four or five weeks in and you’ve some got good players sidelined and it gets back to that squad mentality to make sure those players underneath are in good enough form.”

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John Longmire Press Conference - 19 April, 2021

John Longmire speaks to the media on the back of a tight loss to the GWS Giants, looking ahead to our tie away to the Gold Coast Suns this weekend and both Tom Hickey and Lance Franklin being sidelined.

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