MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 21 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney’s Head of Football Charlie Gardiner has said that Lance Franklin is not expected to return to training until February.

Franklin had surgery on his groin at the end of the season after injuring it against GWS in round 22.

“He had some surgery in the off-season to address a groin issue he got late in the season in that GWS game,” Gardiner told SEN’s Sporting Capital.

“We expect he’ll be back in training probably February at this stage with a view to having him ready for the start of the season.”

Franklin has been dogged by injuries in the past couple of years but has always found a way to play through it on game day, missing only four games last season.