SYDNEY are confident gun defender Ted Richards will be available to play in the grand final despite suffering an injury scare in the preliminary final victory over Collingwood on Friday night.
The Swans won through to this year's decider by ending an 11-game hoodoo over bogey club Collingwood, winning by 26 points in front of 57,156 fans.
And they are likely to have the services of All-Australian backman Richards despite a massive scare in the first quarter when he hurt his ankle in a heavy clash with team teammate Nick Malceski and Alex Fasolo.
Richards immediately hobbled off the field to seek treatment from club doctor Nathan Gibbs then headed into the rooms, with many thinking his game was over.
Richards, however, played out the final three quarters of the game and though he was not as influential as he has been during the year did not appear hampered by the injury.
"Teddy rolled his ankle and went off and came back on and played the game out," coach John Longmire said.
"Generally there's always a few sore boys anyway. You dont get to this stage of year and play in a prelim final without a few boys pulling up sore but they'll be OK."
With Richards seemingly having dodged a bullet, the Swans' only concern this week will be over the fitness of midfielder Ben McGlynn, who is battling a hamstring strain he suffered a fortnight ago against Adelaide.
"He’s given himself every chance," Longmire said. “He’s been doing everything he needs to We’ll give him all the time he needs and see how he goes."
The Swans are looking for another big game from excitement machine Lewis Jetta, who kicked three goals in one of his best games of the season.
Longmire said Jetta had well and truly rediscovered his form from the middle of the year after being heavily tagged in recent weeks.
"Yeah he has. He gets sat on pretty heavily and he's still getting used to that," Longmire said.'
"He's still a young player and it was terrific to see him running on top of the ground like he was today.
"He'll have to put his skates on and do another job next week."
Veteran Jude Bolton, who was celebrating his 300th game, said it was "exhilarating" to see Jetta in such hot form.
"I've loved the way he's put a lot of pressure on this year and worked both sides of the footy and we need to be able to get out to him in space and let him do his job," Bolton said.
"As long as he keeps his work rate up he's going to be a really important player and he's added that element to us."
Bolton said it was a relief to end the run of outs against the Magpies, which had been the longest live losing streak in the competition.
"It's been frustrating. It's been hanging over us for a while," Bolton said.
"There's no better way to do it I guess.
"They've been a quality team for a long time and certainly it took a big effort from our guys to get over the top of them tonight.
"Now you lick your wounds and get ready for next week."