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Franklin set to play in AFL final

Roger Vaughan 22/09/2011 06:27:18 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn star Lance Franklin trained at the MCG on Thursday as he appeared to put his latest mishap in this AFL finals series behind him.

Coach Alastair Clarkson said Franklin had overcome a stomach bug that had put the key forward into quarantine away from his teammates earlier this week.

Last week, Franklin overcame the knee injury he had suffered in the qualifying final loss to Geelong to kick four goals in the semi-final win over Sydney.

"It was only a slight stomach bug, he was a bit crook for 24 hours," Clarkson said.

"He gave the toilet bowl a spray a couple of times.

"He's as good as gold and he trained yesterday, just had a bit of a run around."

The bigger issue for Clarkson and the Hawks has been Franklin's ability to come up from his injury in the opening week of the finals.

He suffered bone bruising in a knee against the Cats.

"That's been over-played a little bit - he had bone bruising, but it was nowhere near the significance which was perhaps reported in the press," Clarkson said.

"Probably the most significant thing for us was his preparation was just so severely hampered last week - he had to work really hard to get himself up.

"He couldn't do his normal training load or preparation and for him to still make a contribution in what was a pretty awkward situation for him, speaks volumes for the way he prepared and got himself right mentally."

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