There are concerns Toby Greene and Callum Mills may miss another game due to an inability to properly train while in isolation.
The pair, along with the other six Swans and Giants forced into isolation, are limited to exercising on gym equipment and will not be able to take part in full training with their teammates until they are released next week. This would leave players just the one training session before a possible return in round 20.
Swans and Giants players have been put in spa suite rooms at the Royal Pines on the Gold Coast so they can fit more equipment in for training. Rooms also have balcony access so players can get fresh air and direct sunlight.
Both clubs can ill afford to lose their isolated stars for another game. Shooting for a top-four berth, the Swans face Fremantle this week before taking on Essendon, while the Giants, part of a group chasing seventh and eighth, play the Bombers in a game slated for Sunday then Port Adelaide.
Swans coach John Longmire could not guarantee Mills, Harry Cunningham, Colin O’Riordan and Callum Sinclair would be ready to play the week after leaving isolation.
“It’s hard to predict at the moment. It’s very hard to look into the future and read what happens when they get out,” Longmire said.
“They need to keep their strength programs going, even though they’re in their rooms. We’re still confident that when they get out they’ll have enough preparation for that next game. But once again we won’t put them at risk, we’ll see how the week goes.”
The Swans’ predicament is exacerbated by their strength and conditioning team also being confined to their rooms.