Star Alvie midfielder pushing for a return

Liam McGuane, Jake O’Dwyer and Sean Smartt

Reigning Jack Mahoney Medallist Liam McGuane is reportedly pushing to return to the field this finals series.

Football followers expected the champion Alvie midfielder to miss the remainder of the season after breaking his forearm in the Swans’ round 14 clash with Apollo Bay, which required surgeons to insert a plate into his arm.

But after missing the past four weeks, McGuane is back training for a potential return.

Swans coach Dan Casey said it was unlikely that McGuane would suit up for Alvie’s elimination final against Simpson on Sunday, but could be in the mix if the team advanced to next week’s first semi-final.

“Liam’s been back running, hopefully he’ll be back doing contact work at training this week,” Casey said before Wednesday night’s training session.

“Maybe the week after he could be an option,” he said.

Simpson premiership player Cody Mason is set to play on Sunday after copping a knock to his arm in last week’s win against the Western Eagles, while utility Jayden Rooke remains sidelined with a broken arm.

But Tigers co-coach Tom Leishman said the team could bring in extra height for the do-or-die contest.

“Rhys Jansen Van Beek will be in the mix, he’s played the majority of the year in the ruck for us then went on a trip to Europe, he came back through the reserves,” he said.

“Then young Lochie Hawkins has been playing well in the kids.”

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