Swans expect Hannebery to return in AFL

Sydney expect to regain Dan Hannebery and Gary Rohan for Sunday’s big AFL clash with Melbourne at the MCG.

Injuries have restricted the two Swans to 11 games apiece this season.

Hannebery, who has struggled for form, hasn’t played since round 16 because of a calf problem and Rohan was sidelined with the week before with a broken hand.

The pair have to confirm their readiness at Friday training, but Swans football boss Tom Harley is confident they will return against the Demons.

“Hanners trained really strongly last week, he ran for the NEAFL side … and we expect him to play at the MCG on Sunday,” Harley said.

“Gary also ran for the NEAFL on Saturday and they have both joined in training.”

On Thursday, St Kilda coach Alan Richardson confirmed they are interested in Hannebery, if he is available for a trade.

Also on Thursday, star Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn was restricted to walking laps at training.

But coach Simon Goodwin said Gawn would train on Saturday and play against the Swans.

“He’s just got some bumps and bruises – he’s had a huge load over the last 15, 16 weeks, so it’s just to really lighten his week off,” Goodwin said.

The Demons have lost Joel Smith with a broken collarbone and Dean Kent could take his place.

Melbourne named Dean Kent, Mitch Hannan, Cameron Pedersen, Sam Weideman and Jayden Hunt in their squad.

Kent missed nine weeks with a hamstring injury and has not played in the AFL since round five, while Hunt’s last senior game was round seven.

Only percentage separates fourth-placed Melbourne and Sydney, who are eighth.

North Melbourne will regain star onballer Shaun Higgins from knee surgery for Sunday’s game against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

The Kangaroos are 10th, a game outside the eight.

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