Callum Mills of the Swans losses possession with this tackle from Steve Johnson of the Giants during the first qualifying final.
Callum Mills of the Swans losses possession with this tackle from Steve Johnson of the Giants during the first qualifying final. DEAN LEWINS

Swans won't rule out Mills despite hamstring strain

AFL: The Sydney Swans say Rising Star winner Callum Mills is still a chance to play again this season if the team gets past Adelaide in Saturday's semi-final.

Mills, 19, picked up a grade-one hamstring strain during the second quarter of Saturday's loss to the Giants in the qualifying final.

But while general manager of football Tom Harley said the teenager would miss this week, he was a chance to make a preliminary final or even the grand final if the Swans make it that far.

"He won't play this week but regardless there is a strain there,” Harley told SEN Radio.

"If he was able to get up for the following week that would be fantastic, but it would be ahead of the normal in terms of recovery.

"He is a young bloke who has young muscles, so we are not putting the red pen through his name by any stretch.”

The Swans are unsure of the immediate future of Kurt Tippett, who suffered a non-displaced hairline fracture to his jaw after a tackle from Shane Mumford against the Giants.

Tippett was meeting with specialists yesterday to determine the best course of action to treat his injury.

"He went through the concussion protocols, passed that, but did sustain a fractured jaw,” Harley said.

"Kurt clearly won't play this week as he consults with a specialist and we will internally discuss the best course of action ranging from nothing to surgery.”

Meanwhile, Steve Johnson is set to miss Greater Western Sydney's historic preliminary final next week after being offered a one-match suspension by the Match Review Panel.

Johnson was charged with rough conduct for a high bump on Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy.

The former Geelong star would also miss the AFL grand final, should the Giants get there, if he chose fight the ban at the tribunal and lose.

Johnson has until 11am Wednesday to lodge a challenge.

Mumford was cleared of a dangerous tackle on Tippett.


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