Swans hoping Buddy will face Geelong

He’s getting Adam Goodes back this week, now Sydney AFL coach John Longmire is hopeful that fellow superstar Lance Franklin will be fit to face Geelong.

The Swans announced on Monday Goodes would return to training on Tuesday and would make himself available for the game at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

Forward Franklin pulled up sore from Saturday’s win over Adelaide, again afflicted by a strained back muscle which kept him out of the previous weeks’s game against Fremantle.

“He won’t be doing much at training tomorrow,” Longmire said on Monday.

“He got through the game and hopefully he feels better this Thursday than what he did late last week.

“That’s what we’re hoping will happen and we’re confident he will be okay, but we won’t know until Thursday.

“I’ve learnt in a pretty short period of time with Lance if he says he’s right he’s right and he’ll perform.

“If he’s not right, he won’t play because he knows himself better than anyone.”

Franklin was the only Sydney player with a fitness query following their impressive 52-point thumping of the Crows.

“It was our best game for quite a number of weeks,” Longmire said.

“Our ball movement and team defence was fantastic.

“We want to make sure we maintain that and improve it again. We’re playing a team that’s won three in a row.”

The match will mark the 100th appearance of dynamic midfielder Luke Parker.

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