McVeigh and Reid to miss AFL round one

Sydney will start the AFL season without two major players in co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and key forward Sam Reid.

Midfielder McVeigh has been battling to recover from a knee issue and won’t take to the SCG Against Collingwood on Saturday.

“The plan is to train him this week,” Swans coach John Longmire said on Monday.

“We’ll see what happens next week, but at this stage he’s running really well.

“We’re not sure about next week, we’ll make the decision next week.

Longmire said Reid was probably a couple of weeks away from playing.

“He just had a bit of a hamstring and Achilles soreness as well,” Longmire said.

He said midfield-defender Zak Jones had pulled up well from a sore knee in the final practice match.

Longmire said a decision would be made later in the week about whether veteran defender Ted Richards and midfielder-forward Ben McGlynn would play seniors or reserves after recovering from calf injuries.

“McGlynn and Richards will definitely play (this week), at what level we’re not sure,” Longmire said.

“We’ve got to make that decision later in the week. They didn’t play in the last reserves practice game, so that will come into some consideration.”

Longmire said the team to face Collingwood would contain some players making their first competitive appearance in Swans colours.

“We’d expect some new faces this week regardless of whether they’ve been at another AFL club or not,” Longmire said.

Callum Mills, already one of the favourites for the Rising Star award is one likely debutant.

Two off season recruits, ex-Eagles ruckman Callum Sinclair and former Bulldogs defender Michael Talia, are among other players poised to make their debut in Swans colours.

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