Jarrad McVeigh has provided some further information surrounding Lance Franklin’s knee issues.
The Sydney star was sent for an arthroscope on his right knee earlier this month having felt some discomfort during pre-season training.
Former Swans captain McVeigh, who is now part of the club’s coaching staff, explained how the soreness came about amidst what was looking a very strong pre-season for the champion goal kicker.
“I think he was just training with the boys at the footy club,” McVeigh said on SEN Breakfast.
“He was downstairs taking his shoe off and something kind of clicked in his knee that didn’t feel right.
“Then he was a bit sore and got scans and they decided to go with surgery, which is unfortunate.
“It was the best I’ve seen him train since 2014 when he had that great year. He was as good as I’ve ever seen him.”
Despite Franklin’s setback, McVeigh insists the recovery is going to plan and it shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on the 32-year-old’s preparations for the 2020 season.
“He’s progressed pretty well from what they thought. He’s already riding bikes and moving pretty freely,” he added.
“Hopefully he starts running soon but he’ll be touch and go for the start of the season.
“A bit disappointing for him personally and for us because he was looking so good but he has that good base underneath him and I’m sure he’s set himself up for a good year.”
McVeigh also touched on the aspects of the Swans’ game plan that coach John Longmire has looked at altering while stating the importance of having a fully fit forward line up and running.
“We’ve looked at the way teams defend and the way we defend so a few things will have to change there,” the 325-game great said further.
“By and large, our attack was actually pretty good last year with the way we moved the ball which we’ve really worked on over the last few years.
“To have our full forward line (fit) would be nice with 'Bud' (Franklin) and (Sam) Reid out there together and then (Isaac) Heeney and those types training together and just getting that connection with the midfielders and defenders.
“We’ll look at a few things to defend a little bit different.”
The Swans kick off their Marsh Community series against the Giants in Blacktown on February 29.
Listen to McVeigh on SEN Breakfast below: