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Buddy out, one more top Swan withdraws

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Luke Parker and Lance Franklin are both out

FOR THE second time this year, Sydney forward Lance Franklin won't be out there to take on his former club. And in a double blow for the Swans, Luke Parker is missing as well from the side to take on Hawthorn at the SCG.

Both will miss because of groin injuries.

Jordan Dawson and Robbie Fox are their replacements.

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"We gave both players absolutely every opportunity but they both have really slight groin issues," Swans football manager Tom Harley told sydneyswans.com.au.

"We had our main training session on Thursday and then a light run on Friday and we were prepared to give them both right up until game day."

"Unfortunately both players were unable to get up."

It hands the Hawks, who have won their past four games against the Swans at the SCG, a big edge for the blockbuster clash. The winner of Saturday night's game will earn a top-four berth and the double chance heading into the finals.

It also robs Franklin the opportunity to further prove a point to Hawks president Jeff Kennett, who mistakenly said this week that Franklin never plays well against his former club. 

Depending on other results, the Hawks, who have made no late change, could finish as high as second.  

The Swans beat the Hawks – without Franklin - by eight points in round eight at the MCG with Ben Ronke playing the game of his life and kicking seven goals.