Posted April 19, 2018 09:12:13AFL superstar Josh Kennedy has been ruled out of the next two matches against Essendon because of a concussion.
The Swans announced Kennedy had a concussion last Saturday against Carlton, but his condition has not been assessed since that game.
Kennedy, who is a former Brownlow medallist, has been the club’s captain this year.
He missed the opening two games of the season with the concussion.
However, the Swan premiership midfielder was back on the field in the last two games against the Bombers, leading the team with 22 possessions and eight marks.
His absence is a huge blow for Essendon, who have not won in the home half of the schedule this season.
Kennys team-mate Rory Sloane, who was also ruled out for the rest of the campaign, was also sidelined in the first half of last Saturday’s match.
Kennes co-captain Tom Lynch, who has played just 10 games this season, was not included in the squad to face the Bombs.
Kenneth Stewart, who had been out of action for more than six months with a knee injury, will continue to be monitored at the AFL medical staff unit.
Topics:australian-football-league,nrl,sport,cricket,football-austram,newcastle-2300,port-melbourne-3000,new-zealand,queenslandAboriginal-aboriginal,austra-beach-4250,melbourne”I think it’s a tough decision,” Swans coach Brad Scott said.
“We’ll take it day by day.
It’s a very difficult decision to make.”
Scott has had to use the club-managed reserve squad to keep Kennedy fit this year, but he has been a consistent performer this season and the Swains have won four of their past five games.
Kennings’ absence is another blow for the Bombeagles, who are now on their eighth win of the year.
“I don’t know if it’s just a little bit of the concussion, or maybe it’s more,” Essendon coach Damien Hardwick said.
The Bombers lost to Carlton at Adelaide Oval last week, but Scott has been impressed with the Swann premiership player.
“He’s been a great player for us this year,” Hardwick told AFL.com.au.
“His leadership is key.
He is so consistent, so hardworking and so consistent in the footy he plays.
I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
Essendon’s next fixture is against Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.