Matt Suckling out of Western Bulldogs' preliminary final with achilles injury

RULED OUT: Wagga's Matt Suckling (middle) with Tom Boyd (right) and Dale Morris. Picture: Getty Images

RULED OUT: Wagga's Matt Suckling (middle) with Tom Boyd (right) and Dale Morris. Picture: Getty Images

WAGGA footballer Matt Suckling is out of Saturday night’s AFL preliminary final with an achilles injury.

Suckling failed to get through Western Bulldogs’ final training session on Thursday and has been ruled out of Saturday night’s final against Greater Western Sydney (GWS) at Spotless Stadium in Sydney.

In a bitter blow for Wagga footballers, Harry Cunningham will head to Melbourne with Sydney Swans as a travelling emergency for Friday’s preliminary final against Geelong.

In better news, Narrandera’s Zac Williams and Leeton’s Jacob Hopper have both been named for the Giants.

Suckling only spoke to The Daily Advertiser on Wednesday about his battles with the achilles injury.

“It’s something I’ve been managing for the back half of the year. This week’s no different, I’ll just try to train (Thursday) and then it should be good to go on Saturday,” Suckling said.

“As I have been the last few weeks, I’ve just got to get out on the training track and tick the boxes there but it hasn’t really changed the last few weeks so I don’t see how it will this week.”

Meantime, Cunningham, James Rose and Toby Nankervis have all travelled to Melbourne as the Swans’ travelling emergencies.

Cunningham last played in Sydney’s round 23 win over Richmond.

The Swans named Gary Rohan despite concerns about an injured knee.

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