Kangaroos has ruled three players out of its do-or-die clash with the Swans on Friday.
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North Melbourne has ruled out Lachlan Hansen, Leigh Adams and Jamie Macmillan from Friday’s preliminary final against the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium.
Kangaroos coach Brad Scott told reporters on Thursday that the injured trio would not be fit to take on the Swans, but said defender Joel Tippett was in the Roos’ extended squad and could play given the number of tall forwards available to Sydney coach John Longmire.
Midfielder Adams is battling the lingering effects of concussion while key position player Hansen is battling a hip issue.
“‘Patch’ (Adams) won’t play, he’s close, but he’s just not quite right,” Scott said.
“He saw a specialist whose advice was to err on the side of caution and give him one more week.
“But the good news is he’s able to train fully and get a lot of work under his belt and should be available for selection next week if required.
“Lachy trained on Wednesday but not quite well enough, so again he was very close and he’s an important part of our back half.
“We’ll keep training him and rehabbing him and hopefully he’ll again be available next week if we’re there.”
Macmillan was the only player out of the trio that played in the semi-final win over Geelong last week, however a leg injury has ruled him out of contention for the all-important clash with the Swans.