Franklin is recovering from an ankle injury, he also had shoulder surgery last season after playing through the Grand Final with a shoulder injury.
“He showed a lot of courage to be able to play with it,” coach John Longmire told SEN.
“Lance has been training, he’s just got a bit of a sore ankle at the moment.
“He’s been doing all the training, we expect him to train again this week.
“He’s not far away from contact, he’s done a little bit already, and that’ll be upped again next week.”
Luke Parker (knee), Gary Rohan and Sam Naismith (shoulder) will also miss the match on Friday. In some good news, luckless defender Alex Johnson will play football in 2017 after five knee reconstructions.