The Sydney Swans have ruled out key forward Lance Franklin ahead of this Saturday's big Qualifying Final against the Fremantle Dockers.
Franklin has been ruled out will illness, still which has been described as an "ongoing mental health issue"
Franklin has missed a number of weeks in the last two months with a struggling back problem, however has still enjoyed a terrific season in front of goal.
The Sydney Swans have released the following statement on their website.
Sydney Swans General Manager of Football, Tom Harley, said the Club was doing everything possible to support Lance through this time.
“Our first priority is looking after Lance’s health,” Harley said.
“Lance has been open with the Club about his condition and while we consider it a private medical matter, he is aware he has our full support.
“The timeframe on his return is unclear at this stage. He will certainly miss this week’s match and we will continue to monitor his condition.
The Club asks that Lance’s privacy – and that of his family – be respected at this time.