Harry Cunningham likely to return from injury for Sydney Swans' clash with Essendon

UP AND ABOUT: Wagga's Harry Cunningham is on track for an early return from injury and could play as soon as against Essendon on Friday week. Picture: Getty Images

UP AND ABOUT: Wagga's Harry Cunningham is on track for an early return from injury and could play as soon as against Essendon on Friday week. Picture: Getty Images

WAGGA footballer Harry Cunningham is a big chance to return from injury sooner than expected.

Cunningham, 23, hurt his right foot in Sydney Swans’ win over St Kilda last month and was expected to miss six weeks after scans revealed a Lisfranc injury.

Cunningham has begun running and is expected to be declared fit for Friday week’s showdown with Essendon.

Sydney Swans head of football Tom Harley was pleased to report Cunningham’s progression this week.

“Harry had an interesting injury in the fact that it was a partial Lisfranc injury so there’s not a lot of examples of that so the initial prognosis was somewhere between four and eight weeks,” Harley said.

“We’re very hopeful that it is to be closer to four so he’s weight-bearing now and starting to run. He’ll train next week so he’s not without a chance to play next week, which is really positive.” 

The injury hit at a bad time for Cunningham, who was enjoying some strong form for the Swans. He kicked two goals in his last game against the Saints.

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