The Sydney Swans are reportedly not ruling out the prospect of selecting injured key forward Sam Reid for their grand final clash with Geelong this Saturday.
Reid succumbed to an adductor ailment and was consequently subbed out of Sydney's preliminary final triumph over Collingwood last Saturday, leaving a shadow of doubt over his availability for this weekend's decider.
While Reid's scans revealed minor damage, Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph believes it would be an insurmountable challenge for Reid to prove his fitness, saying: "If you're (Lance) Franklin you take that [injury] in, but I don't think Sam Reid plays."
AFL Media's Josh Gabelich reported the Swans would have a better indication of how Reid is tracking on Tuesday, before needing to make a crucial decision later in the week.
With the Bloods hitting the track before their beloved backers, Sam Landsberger of New Corp tweeted on Tuesday that Reid was a notable absentee, however, the veteran was on the premises.
It’s not school holidays in Sydney. That hasn’t stopped thousands spilling into the SCG. No Sam Reid on the training track but he is at the club and the Swans insist he remains a chance to play. pic.twitter.com/FomhpiarOX
— Sam Landsberger (@SamLandsberger) September 20, 2022
If the 30-year-old can't go on Saturday, key position forwards Joel Amartey and Hayden McLean headline the likely contingency plan for senior coach John Longmire, with off-season recruit Peter Ladhams unavailable for selection as he continues to serve a VFL-imposed suspension.
The Swans and Geelong will submit their line-ups for the big dance on Thursday night.