Sydney Swans ruckman Sam Naismith will make his long-awaited return to play this weekend via the VFL competition, when Sydney faces Collingwood at the SCG on Saturday, May 15.
Naismith has played just 30 games in his career, with an ACL rupture and a long list of complications impacting his past three seasons.
Ahead of Sydney’s Round 9 clash against Collingwood, Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services Damian Raper provides the latest on the injury front with updates on Naismith, Braeden Campbell, Isaac Heeney, Sam Reid and Lewis Melican.
In really good news, Sam has been training well with the group for six weeks now. It was our last criteria that we wanted him to pass on his return from rehabilitation so he is going to return to play this weekend.
He is going to return via half a game in the VFL so great news for Sam and really well done by our rehabilitation team to get him back on the park.
Braeden came to us last week in training, and he had some shin soreness. We assessed it and took him off his legs for a couple of days. We had some imaging done and it turned out he had a stress response in his right shin, so he is going to offload for two weeks and then build back into training from there.
Isaac unfortunately jammed his ankle in our win over Geelong last week. It took him a couple of days to settle down, so he missed the game against Melbourne but he will be a test for this weekend.
Sam Reid & Lewis Melican
Sam and Lewis are both progressing with their rehabilitation as per plan.