Docs to make final call on Swans’ Parker

Concussed Sydney workhorse Luke Parker is expected to train this week but a final call on his availability will be left up to the AFL club’s medical staff.

Parker was stretchered off early in the final quarter of the Swans’ thrilling 12-point win over Essendon on Saturday after a sickening collision with teammate Lance Franklin.

Coach John Longmire said the star midfielder was showing no ill effects from the knock on Tuesday.

“He said he had a great night’s sleep last night and said he feels great,” Longmire said.

“But we’ll see how the week pans out.

“As always, (those decisions) are left for the doctors.”

Longmire said the rest of the team pulled up “ok” after the tough round one clash in wet and slippery conditions, with most set to train on Thursday.

That includes veterans Jarrad McVeigh and Ben McGlynn, who both missed the season-opener at ANZ Stadium with respective calf and hip complaints.

“We were probably a little bit conservative with Jarrad last week based on a couple of calf injuries he had during pre-season, but we expect him to be in line for selection this week,” Longmire added.

The Swans travel to South Australia this week to play Port Adelaide, who went down to Fremantle by seven points on Sunday.

“We’re up against Port Adelaide coming back from that very narrow loss and being able to play a talented team on their home deck is not an easy task,” Longmire said.

“But we look forward to the challenge of going over to Adelaide Oval, in front of a packed crowd, and try to be as competitive as we can.”

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