ELECTRIC small forward Tom Papley will miss at least round one of the premiership season after confirmation of a hamstring strain.
Papley suffered the injury in Sydney’s practice match with Greater Western Sydney last Friday and he could miss between 4-6 weeks.
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Initially the Swans hoped he would be available to play the Giants in the opening round on March 19, but the scans came back worse than first hoped.
Papley is a critical player for the Swans, kicking 43 goals in 2021, and adding 22 goal assists in his career-best season.
He did not miss a game last year.
Sydney already has co-captain Callum Mills in doubt for the opening round as he battles an Achilles problem that has dogged him since late last season.
The Giants will miss their co-captain Toby Greene for the opening five rounds through suspension.