Different for Swans without Buddy: Scott

John Salvado
Lance Franklin is one of two Swans players who will miss their AFL clash with Geelong with injury

"Different, but still difficult" is the best way Geelong coach Chris Scott can describe the prospect of taking on a Sydney outfit without Lance Franklin.

The Swans will be missing Franklin (bruised heel) and star midfielder Dan Hannebery (groin) for Saturday's AFL clash at GMHMA Stadium.

That double blow will be somewhat offset by the Cats being without their own leading goalscorer of 2018, Dan Menzel, who has groin soreness.

But it's Franklin who will undoubtedly leave the biggest hole.

"He's changed his role a little bit in the five games this year," Scott said on Thursday.

"You need to prepare for the fact that he might be an isolated deep forward or he could be up the ground at the stoppages.

"If we knew he was playing we'd still be working through those things anyway.

"It's folly to think it'll be easy because he won't be playing and I'd put Hannebery in the same bracket as well."

Scott said successful clubs such as Sydney still found a way to play well, even when their key personnel were unavailable.

"I'm not trying to spin it and say Sydney should actually be happy with their situation but it's also wrong to say that you can't glean some positives from it," he said.

"... They're still a formidable opposition and they're going to create headaches for us during the game, irrespective of how it's played.

"I don't want to suggest that when one of the best players of a generation doesn't play that it's going to be just as hard.

"I'm just trying to outline the fact that it's going to be different, but still difficult."