Swans dealt yet another injury blow

Sam Reid is set to miss “a couple of weeks” with a calf injury, adding to the Sydney Swans’ growing list of injured stars.

Reid pulled up sore after the Swans’ loss to the Suns over the weekend and will join the likes of Lance Franklin, Tom Hickey, Dane Rampe, Tom McCartin and Isaac Heeney in the casualty ward.

Reid’s teammates George Hewett (concussion) and Nick Blakey (thigh) also picked up injuries in the defeat.

Coach John Longmire broke the news of Reid's injury on Monday but said McCartin may return for this Saturday’s clash with Geelong.

“We’re not quite sure yet, Tommy was pretty close last week so we’re hoping that if he gets through training this week he’ll be right,” Longmire told reporters.

“We’ll lose a couple, obviously George Hewett will go out of the team and Sam Reid’s got a sore calf, which means a couple of weeks for him as well.

“If we do pick up a couple we might lose a couple.”

Sam Reid joins a long injury list at the Swans. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

After starting the season with four straight wins, Sydney’s defeat on the Gold Coast was their second in a row.

Saturday night’s clash with last year’s runners-up will prove a litmus test for the depleted Swans, who have lost five of their last six clashes with the Cats.

News of Reid’s injury comes days after three senior coaches suggested shortening the length of quarters as a way to reduce the physical toll of the game.

St Kilda’s Brett Ratten, Port Adelaide’s Ken Hinkley and Brisbane’s Chris Fagan all addressed the issue during round six, appealing to the AFL for change.

“It is way too long – it wears the players out,” Fagan said after his side’s win over Carlton.

“I don‘t know the stats but the injury lists at clubs at the moment look big and long, and we’re only into round six.”

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