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Sydney rule Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin out of remainder of 2020 through injury

Lance Franklin won’t play another AFL match until 2021 after Sydney’s medical team finally made the call to put the superstar on ice.

Franklin suffered a serious hamstring injury in May but travelled to Perth with the Swans hopeful of a late season return.

The WA-raised Franklin hasn’t played since his 300th match on August 24, 2019.

Lance Franklin won’t play in 2020.
Camera IconLance Franklin won’t play in 2020. Credit: Matt King/AFL Photos

According to the Swans, an increase in Franklin’s training program in recent weeks resulted in groin soreness.

With the Swans now well out of finals contention after last night’s loss to Fremantle, the club has opted to rule Franklin out of the remaining four matches of the home-and-away campaign.

“Lance has been working hard on a return to play and, until this week, we remained hopeful that would happen before the end of the season,” Sydney football manager Charlie Gardiner said.

“However, given the soreness he has experienced in his groin, which suggests he still has some instability there, we believe the best course of action is for Lance to focus on building his core strength, rather than pushing himself to play again this year.”

Franklin will depart WA with his teammates and stay with them as they base themselves in Queensland to see out the rest of the season.

“Lance will remain with the team and continue his rehabilitation and training,“ Gardiner said.

“He’s also keen to assist in a mentoring and coaching capacity as he is fully invested in our young group.

“We look forward to seeing him back to full strength next season.”

Franklin has not played a single match 2020 — his seventh season in the massive nine-year deal he signed with Sydney upon leaving Hawthorn.

He played just 10 games in 2019.

The 300-game veteran turns 34 in January and is 56 goals away from becoming the sixth player in AFL-VFL history to reach the 1000-goal mark.

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