Sydney Swans ready to shine without Heeney

Rob Forsaith
The Swans will miss Kieren Jack for a month after he was injured in their loss to Geelong

Sydney are confident they have the depth to cover the absence of injured young gun Isaac Heeney in Thursday night's AFL clash with Geelong.

The Swans have been forced to make three changes for the SCG match, with Heeney (concussion), James Rose (shoulder) and Gary Rohan (hamstring) all unavailable.

The absence of Heeney is a particularly big blow.

The 22-year-old had been one of the Swans' best in a six-match winning streak that preceded last week's loss to Richmond.

Heeney has been a force in both the midfield and forward line, bobbing up with contested marks and clutch goals while winning plenty of clearances and contested footy.

"There's an opportunity for other people to come in. George Hewett and some players have certainly stepped up already throughout the rotations of other players," Swans assistant coach Dean Cox said.

Dean Towers, Robbie Fox and Dan Robinson have been recalled.

The trio didn't play in the NEAFL last weekend, with the Swans aware they may be required at AFL level this week following the club's brutal encounter with Richmond.

"Their form has been really solid all year. We're really confident they can give us something," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

Dan Hannebery will be keen to lift after a flat patch that prompted Melbourne great Garry Lyon to describe the veteran on-baller as a "shadow of the player we've come to see for much of his career".

"He had a really interrupted pre-season and he's building back into some form," Cox said.

"At times he's been quiet, but at other times he's had an impact.

"Against the Eagles a few weeks ago he went to Andrew Gaff, one of the best outside players in the league, and probably squared that battle. People quickly forget.

"Hopefully he can get back into the form he had in 2015, 2016."

The Cats have named Mark Blicavs in their side to face Sydney, backing the influential defender to overcome a toe injury.

Blicavs may yet be a last-minute omission, but Geelong coach Chris Scott indicated earlier this week he expects the versatile big man to play.

Blicavs is likely to be handed the tough job of playing on Lance Franklin, who needs five more goals to register the 900th goal of his decorated career.