Sydney Swans Injury Crisis

By Brad Eveleigh ( @Brad_Eveleigh )

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The Sydney Swans injury list has added a new recruit with forward Sam Reid now in doubt for the rest of the season and possibly the finals.

Reid left the field in the first quarter of the game against the Melbourne Demons on Sunday after re-tearing the same quadriceps muscle that he did against the Collingwood Magpies in Round 9.

Swans coach John Longmire said: “The new tear is a lower grade to what Sam initially suffered against Collingwood five weeks ago, however, given he has reinjured it, we will need to be very conservative with his rehabilitation,”

“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.”

The Swans now have 9 players on the unavailable list. A list that is full of big name players as well:

Sam Reid (quadricep)

Adam Goodes (knee)

Lewis Jetta (shin)

Lewis-Roberts-Thomson (knee)

Rhyce Shaw (abomen)

Alex Johnson (knee)

Gary Rohan (leg)

Mitch Morton (quad)

Martin Mattner (retirement)

Lewis Jetta may be a late inclusion this week when the Swans take on their cross-town rival the GWS Giants at the SCG on Sunday.

Jetta was determined to return from his shin injury in Round 13 away to Port Adelaide but a slower than predicted recovery has seen him continue watching from the stands.

On a positive note, Ruckman Shane Mumford was one to be excluded from the injury list as he took to the field against Melbourne last Sunday.

Mumford had been missing for the 2 rounds prior with a fractured cheekbone. Standing 2cm shy of 2m, Mumford donned modified headgear that covered both cheekbones with an extension from the temple of the protective headwear.

Mumford was excited to take the field again last week, not only because it was his first game back from injury, but also because it was the first time the  “3 Giants” had played together in Canadian Mike Pyke (201cm), Kurt Tippett (202cm) and himself.

Tippett, who moved to Sydney from Adelaide at the start of the season, was sidelined for the first 11 round of the Premiership Season on suspension for his role in the Crows salary cap breaching last year.

pic: sydneyswans. com.au

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