Franklin won't face Cats

Sportal August 2, 2012, 1:59 pm
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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has confirmed star forward Lance Franklin will miss Friday night's blockbuster against Geelong.

Franklin has missed the past three matches with a hamstring injury, but did return to training during the week and was considered a chance to face the Cats.

But Clarkson opted to err on the side of caution and hopes to have the Coleman Medal leader available for next week's match against Port Adelaide.

"He won't play this week," Clarkson confirmed on Thursday.

"He wasn't as comfortable as we'd like him to be to be able to play this week."

The Hawks are currently on an eight-game losing streak against the Cats with their last win coming in the 2008 grand final.

Earlier this year in Round 2 Hawthorn looked likely to break the drought when they held an 18-point lead at the final change of their clash on Easter Monday.

But like they have done in so many of their recent battles, Geelong found a way to win as they kicked the only four goals in the final quarter.

Despite history being against his side, Clarkson said past form is irrelevant.

"We know it's going to be a great battle, they're in great form at the moment," he said.

"We're a very different side to the one that played them in Round 2.

"Both sides have changed their personnel.

"What has happened in the last games is irrelevant."

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