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Aussie Rules: Franklin blow for Swans

Sydney Swans have been hit by the news Lance Franklin is facing a few weeks on the sidelines after he fractured a finger in the win over North Melbourne.

The Swans are priced at 3/1 to win the AFL grand final in 2022 but will have to do without Franklin for the next few games after he left the field in the third quarter of the 11-point win.

Injury setback

Franklin injured the finger in a tackle and although it is nothing serious it is a setback as it prevents him from playing footy.

"It looks like he's broken his finger, so we'll see what the specialist says on Monday," said Sydney coach John Longmire told reporters after the game.

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"He's good, he's OK. He doesn't like missing footy, make no mistake about that, but after 18 years you understand that these things happen. He just went in for a tackle there and hit his finger. He'll be fine."

Late fightback

The Swans had to come from behind in the final quarter to secure a thrilling win and Longmire had special praise for Isaac Heeney, Justin McInerney and Oliver Florent.

"There still has to be times when players stand up and Florent probably did during a fair bit of the game but particularly the second half was good, McInerney's last quarter, Heeney's last quarter," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"(Heeney) lifted in that last quarter, as good players do. He played a very important last quarter for us, as a number of those boys did.”

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