Lance Franklin
Injury Leg
Out 3-4 weeks
FSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Franklin (leg) will miss 3-4 weeks, AFL Ratings reports.
Franklin suffered a bone bruise in his leg during a collision with Connor Idun during the third quarter of the Swans' loss to GWS on Sunday. This is no doubt a big blow to the team for the next few weeks at least, as there's no replacing his goal-scoring acumen as one of the premiere players in the league.
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Wins third Brett Kirk Medal
FSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Franklin notched 14 disposals, eight marks, five goals and four tackles Saturday as Sydney fell to GWS 71-69 at SCG.
Franklin's best goal total since June of last year and season-highs for kicks, disposals and marks not only landed the 34-year old his best fantasy output of 2021 (98 points) on Saturday, but too earned him his third Brett Kirk Medal in five years. The forward, who now ties Kieren Jack for most medals earned in the Sydney Derby, exits Round Five trailing only Adelaide's Taylor Walker as the AFL's current leader in goals scored per game (3.67) and ranked 12th overall for contested marks an outing (2.33).
950th career major lifts Swans
FSydney Swans
April 8, 2021
Franklin tallied nine disposals, four marks, four tackles, three goals and a single major Thursday as Sydney edged out Essendon 83-80 at SCG.
Franklin recorded his 950th career major with just under 25 minutes remaining in Thursday's game and exited the contest having now scored 73 total goals against Essendon, the most against any AFL opponent he's faced. While only his four tackles - third-highest amongst all Sydney players - jump off the page as also being statistically relevant, the 34 year-old forward performance versus the Bombers nevertheless netted him his best overall fantasy output of 2021 - 71 points.
Slated to play in Round 4
FSydney Swans
April 6, 2021
Franklin is expected to play in Round 4 after being managed in Round 3 against Richmond, according to coach John Longmire. "It'll be terrific to have Lance (Franklin) back in the team. He's obviously had some more training under his belt and he feels good for Thursday,"
Franklin is a big boost to one of the best attacks in the league and one of the few remaining unbeaten teams.
Out for Round 3
FSydney Swans
March 31, 2021
Franklin (managed) won't play in Round 3.
The forward will reportedly miss Round 3 against the Richmond Tigers. It's unclear when Franklin will be able to return to the field.
Fully fit
FSydney Swans
March 23, 2021
Franklin has recovered from calf soreness and is set to play in Round 2, according to coach John Longmire.
Franklin hasn't been available since 2019 but is expected to play in Saturday's match against Adelaide.