Hammy may sideline Franklin

Sportal June 30, 2012, 8:17 am
Lance Franklin

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Hawthorn will be sweating on the fitness of star forward Lance Franklin after he hurt his hamstring against Carlton on Friday night, while another key position player went down for the Blues.

Franklin played a starring role in the Hawks' 50-point win over Carlton with four goals and 23 possessions in just over three quarters.

But early in the last he set off on a trademark run down the wing and after sending the ball forward, he left the field grabbing his left hamstring and played no further part.

Coach Alastair Clarkson was optimistic the injury was not too serious and hopes to have his star player available to take on Greater Western Sydney next week.

"I think he's just tightened up in the hamstring, so we'll assess that throughout the course of the week," Clarkson said.

"That happened early in the last quarter.

"If he's hurt it then we'll give him a rest for whatever it needs to get it right, but we'll get that scanned early in the week and see how he goes.

"I don't think it's too serious, whatever it is, but if there's a slight strain there then he might miss a week.

"But he's such a resilient big fella, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he played next week."

The fact they are playing the lowly Giants will have no bearing on Clarkson's decision, with the premiership coach adamant he won't be resting any players.

"If Bud's right, he'll play," Clarkson said.

"That'll be the same with all our players. We'll continue to play our boys whilst they're fit.

"Good form is hard to maintain, so we want to make sure that we continue to play them and keep our momentum going."

Carlton will also be sweating on scans during the week with key defender Michael Jamison the latest Blue to cop an injury.

Jamison injured his shoulder in the third quarter and will have scans on Saturday to assess the damage but with a history of shoulder problems, coach Brett Ratten is not getting his hopes up.

"He's hurt his shoulder so he'll have a scan tomorrow and we'll find out the results from there," he said.

"He's had a history of shoulders so I don't know what's going to happen."

Ratten also confirmed key position player Lachie Henderson would miss up to a month with a groin injury, leaving the Blues short of talls ahead of next week's blockbuster against Collingwood.

"I'll be scratching my head to find a tall back," Ratten said.

"We need to find another one, (Paul) Bower's there, (Bret) Thornton ... those players if Michael didn't get up."

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