Lance Franklin has been sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, he played just 10 games last season due to hamstring issues.
Franklin who will turn 33 at the end of January is expected to return to full training in 10 weeks, that time frame will extend into March.
“We weighed it up and felt that it was best for Lance to have a clean up now, so he underwent an arthroscope on Monday”
“We may have been able to manage the knee through the year, but we’re hopeful that this will mean Lance can have an uninterrupted season. He has had a similar clean up on his right knee in the past, so there are no long-term concerns.” Swans Head of Football, Charlie Gardiner.
Franklin averaged 11.7 Disposals. 5.5 Marks & 2.7 Goals in 2019, he has played in 64.4% of games since the beginning of the 2018 H&A season.
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The hope of a full pre-season would have put Franklin in consideration to be selected at Round 1, his starting salary in classic does represent some value.
Despite his solid pre-season to date the long lay-off and return to full training in March does bring into question his fitness at Round 1 and longevity for the 2020 season, the risk appears to be far too great to contemplate.
Franklin is a pass in classic at Round 1, he will slide to a mid round selection in draft.
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