SYDNEY Swans veteran Ted Richards has been chaired off the SCG after training on Monday, but he has cautioned fans against reading too much into it as he continues to hope for a fairytale Grand Final recall.

Doubts over the availability of Aliir Aliir (knee) mean the retiring defender could play his first senior game since round 17, and just his ninth of the year, in an attempt to win a premiership with younger brother Xavier.

Big Wednesday set to determine sore Swans' fate

While Monday's send-off, in which the 33-year-old received a rousing reception from the Swans faithful on hand for the open training session, made it seem unlikely he was a chance to play, Richards tweeted otherwise shortly after training.

"Not a lot in it," he said. "A few guys going for the record for most chairing someone off. Got chaired off after yoga yesterday."

The Bulldogs' small forward line will more than likely count against Richards, but before training, coach John Longmire said anything was possible.

"We can't rule anyone out," he said.

"We're not quite sure what the team looks like just yet, like we weren't quite sure last week.

"He's been training, he's fit, and it just depends on what we need."