Sydney star forward Lance Franklin has been ruled out of the Swans’ final against Fremantle this weekend with what the club has called an “ongoing mental health condition”.
The Swans put out a statement on Tuesday saying Franklin was receiving treatment for the condition.
“Our first priority is looking after Lance’s health,” Swans general manager of football Tom Harley said in the statement.
“Lance has been open with the club about his condition and while we consider it a private medical matter, he is aware he has our full support.”
Harley said there was no clear timeline for Franklin’s return to football.
The Swans also confirmed reports Franklin had suffered a mild epileptic seizure on Friday morning at a Bondi cafe, with the star forward briefly hospitalised.
Franklin was cleared by medical staff to play against Gold Coast on Saturday, and the Swans have stated his epilepsy is not related to his mental health issues.
Sydney coach John Longmire told reporters Franklin’s situation was “serious”.
“It has been an ongoing issue for a while with Lance but these things are very private,” he said.
“It is a condition that is very treatable but he needs time to be able to treat it and that is what we are giving him.
“He wants people to know about it and understand what he is going through. It is serious but treatable.
“In regards to this you need to put the football to one side. It is a challenge for him every day not just a football thing.
“He is confident he will be able to get the treatment required but we are not going to sit here and put a date on when he returns.”
Captain Jarrad McVeigh said Franklin’s team-mates were dealing with the news.
“Obviously it is a shock to a lot of the boys. Bud is in a place where he can get the best support at the moment,” McVeigh said.