Sydney hard nut Isaac Heeney has revealed he suffered a broken thumb after returning from a broken hand, vowing that a series of injuries won't affect how he plays AFL.
Heeney has recently formed a potent partnership with Lance Franklin, underlining his credentials as a match-winning forward with a best-on-ground performance that helped the Swans defeat Carlton on Sunday.
As is the case with Franklin, who coach John Longmire expects to face St Kilda on Saturday despite an injury scare in the same game, the Swans' biggest concern about Heeney is how best to manage his banged-up body.
Heeney is one of the most talented youngsters in the league but a range of setbacks have restricted him to 117 games since he was drafted in 2014.
The 25-year-old and club medicos are still carefully managing his ankle, which required major surgery last year.
Heeney missed the round-five derby because of a broken hand, played two games then skipped a round-eight loss to Melbourne.
His ankle was the main reason he sat out the MCG clash but, unbeknown to those outside the club before Monday's admission, he also broke his thumb in round seven.
"It's been a little bit frustrating over the last year," Heeney said.
"I feel like I get through pretty good in pre-season, work my butt off and then little things here and there just push me back.
"Which is annoying but that's footy ... (they are) freak accidents.
"My thumb was just from a tackle, hitting someone's elbow.
"I play the game hard and I'll always play it hard."
Heeney and Franklin have only played four games together this season.
Keeping both targets on the park will be a huge boost to the sixth-placed Swans' hopes of not only returning to finals but sealing a top-four spot.
"I feel pretty good," Heeney said.
"For me a lot of it is recovery and then try and get a training session in throughout the week. If I get one in, I'm more than happy.
"I've turned a page with that (ankle) ... which is nice. Hopefully by next year it'll be back to 100 per cent."
Franklin looked in discomfort on Sunday, when his left knee twisted in a tackle, but Longmire told reporters on Monday that the four-time Coleman medallist is on track to train on Thursday ahead of taking on the Saints.
"We'll see how he goes at training ... but at this stage we expect he'll be fine," Longmire said.
In-form ruckman Tom Hickey is expected to return on Saturday but veteran forward Sam Reid is still struggling with a calf injury.
"Sam won't be available until well after the bye .. he hasn't run yet," Longmire said.