SYDNEY Swans star Lance Franklin is a 50-50 chance to play in the Indigenous All Stars clash against West Coast later this month as he manages his troublesome right knee.
Franklin, who is on a modified training program eight weeks out from the Swans' season-opener, is still on track to play in the first NAB Challenge game, against the Brisbane Lions on March 6.
He will also travel to Perth for the bi-annual AFL Players' Association indigenous camp, but is not certain to play in the exhibition match against the Eagles on February 20.
The Swans travelled to Coffs Harbour last week and completed match simulation training, which was an important checkpoint in determining whether Franklin would be made available to the Indigenous All Stars.
He was pulled out of the Swans' final session on Friday after one hour and iced his right knee, which sidelined him twice late last season.
"This year, it was a modified program for the first couple of weeks and it's still a little bit modified, but I've been able to get out there and get amongst the boys and train," Franklin said in Coffs Harbour.
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The All Stars’ last match against an AFL club was in February 2013 when they beat Richmond by 50 points at Traeger Park.
Franklin, then at Hawthorn, was pulled out in the week leading up to the game with a leg injury.
Regardless of his own availability, he said the indigenous camp - which runs from February 15-19 and will involve more than 70 players - was an excellent opportunity for indigenous footballers from rival teams to get together.
"It's been a really good camp over a number of years, and the years I've been a part of it, it's been a really good educational camp," he said.
"I think it recognises what us as indigenous boys bring to the game and the game against West Coast is going to be super over there.
"I was born and bred in WA, so I absolutely love the city and love getting back there.
"I'm looking forward to getting out in the community, visiting schools and hospitals."
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