Lance Franklin is one more step to play his first AFL game since 2019 after scoring a reserve game unscathed this weekend.
The 34-year-old showed up for the Swans’ reserves against the GWS Giants and played 60 minutes in what was his first competitive clash in over a year as he struggles to return from a streak of soft tissue injuries that caused him to miss all of last season.
While it’s unclear whether Franklin will return to AFL level next Saturday against Adelaide due to a six-day turnaround, former teammate and close friend Jordan Lewis said it would be unlikely that the quadruple medalist Coleman plays in back-to-back reserves. Games.
“I think it was the premise of playing in seconds (Sunday) that if he got away with it unscathed he would have a chance to play next week,” Lewis told Fox Footy.
“He wouldn’t have played too many reserve games, but he will be looking to come back.”
Lewis’s comments came after Swans coach John Longmire put an “overnight” status on Franklin’s return schedule.
“The challenge right now is that when you don’t train so much you don’t get to that stage where you can train a lot with the team, but he does so far,” he said. declared.
“We’re going to figure out what that looks like for this week, we’re not sure yet. It’s a lot day by day. We get a preview of the plan and then we go with what it feels like and we’re going to work that out. As things progress.
“We have a framework of what we would like him to do before playing. But it’s mostly about going a few miles in the legs, which he does. When we feel like he’s ready to go, he will play – and he’s totally okay with that.
“He’s been great about what he’s done and even his advice and what he thinks needs to be done.”