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Swan set to miss months after serious leg injury

Dane Swan limps along the SCG boundary line after injuring his ankle. Picture: Getty Images
He's broken the fibula and he's got some fractures in his foot, so it's significant
Nathan Buckley

STAR Collingwood midfielder Dane Swan looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines after fracturing his right leg in his side's disastrous 80-point loss to the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday night.

After starting the match on the bench, Swan had his right leg bent underneath him awkwardly in a contest in the opening 10 minutes of the match and immediately grabbed his right foot.

The 2011 Brownlow medallist headed straight to the bench, before limping to the Magpies changerooms with two members of the team's medical staff.

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Swan played no further part in the game and failed to get a possession for the night.

On top of such a convincing defeat, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley was understandably shattered to lose his gun on baller.

"He's broken the fibula and he's got some fractures in his foot, so it's significant," Buckley said post-match.

"I don't know what it's going to mean as far as time out (goes).

"He'll need surgery and once that's done that we'll have a better idea for what it means for him for the rest of the year.

"I presume that (surgery) will take place back in Melbourne and that 'Swanny' will travel back with us tomorrow (Sunday)."

Buckley said the news on Alex Fasolo (neck), Nathan Brown (hamstring) and Marley Williams (knee) was more positive, with all three expected to be fit to face Richmond next Friday night at the MCG.