Sam Reid is in a race against the clock to be fit for the start of Sydney’s finals campaign after being ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with his latest quadriceps strain.
The Swans, who received the results of the scans on Monday, do not expect their promising forward to return before round22, but given it is a recurring injury there are no guarantees Reid will be back in time for the first week of the finals.
With Adam Goodes also facing a similar spell on the sidelines, two of the Swans’ most important players are in danger of being short of match practice heading into September.
Reid’s absence will place more pressure on star recruit Kurt Tippett, who is building to his best after a lengthy suspension for his part in Adelaide’s salary cap breach.
”The new tear is a lower grade to what Sam initially suffered against Collingwood five weeks ago, however, given he has re-injured it, we will need to be very conservative with his rehabilitation,” Swans coach John Longmire said.
”Sam has worked so hard to get himself right over the past month, so it’s certainly disappointing for him that he is going to spend another extended period on the sidelines.”
Sunday’s clash with Greater Western Sydney will mark Craig Bird’s 100th game – a milestone that may not have happened if not for the Swans’ investment in an anti-gravity treadmill designed to help astronauts exercise in space.
Unable to run after recovering from foot stress fractures that cruelled his 2010 season, Bird relied on sessions in the pool and the AlterG treadmill to build the fitness required to play at senior level.
More recently, the machine has been used by Tippett to keep fit during his suspension.
Bird, who has made the most of his extra time in the midfield due to the club’s long injury toll, said the long sessions ”staring at the wall the whole time” were mentally challenging.
Giants forward Jeremy Cameron is free to face the Swans after being cleared by the AFL’s match review panel for his hit on Western Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.