Lance Franklin out of qualifying final due to mental health issues

Sydney have ruled out star forward Lance Franklin from Saturday’s AFL qualifying final against Fremantle as the star deals with what the club calls an ongoing mental health condition.

The Swans don’t know when Franklin will return to football as he deals with his illness.

Sydney football manager Tom Harley said Franklin had the club’s full support.


“Our first priority is looking after Lance’s health,” Harley said.

“The timeframe on his return is unclear at this stage.

“He will certainly miss this week’s match and we will continue to monitor his condition.”