SYDNEY'S injury curse has struck again with star utility Harry Cunningham ruled out for six weeks.
The 23-year-old has narrowly avoided surgery but is still facing a significant lay-off after partially tearing a ligament in his right foot in the convincing win over St Kilda on the weekend.
Jordan Dawson and Oliver Florent are in line to replace Cunningham upfront in the Swans Friday night blockbuster against Hawthorn at the SCG, with Kieren Jack also in the frame to return from injury, pending a fitness test on Thursday.
After getting a number of big names back from the casualty ward in recent weeks, coach John Longmire admits the loss of the in-form Cunningham is a major blow.
"He's unfortunately suffered a partial tear of the Lis-Franc ligament in his foot, so it probably needs about a six-week period of not playing,” said Longmire.
"It's really unfortunate for him. He's been in very good form and really important for us.
"He's suffered a bit of a setback but hopefully we get him back in six weeks.
"It doesn't mean surgery, he'll go into a boot and fortunately he's avoided surgery, which is a good thing, because (that would have been) the season.
"It's swings and roundabouts at times ... you pick up a few, you lose a few.”
Dawson was the Swans' travelling emergency last week and is in the box seat to come into the Swans' line-up against the Hawks.
Sydney lost its first six games of the season but after putting three wins together the Swans are starting to resurrect their finals push in one of the most even AFL seasons on record.
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