Kennelly and Swans relieved after shoulder scan

Fears that Tadhg Kennelly would miss the start of the Sydney Swans' AFL Premiership campaign have been quashed.

Fears that Tadhg Kennelly would miss the start of the Sydney Swans' AFL Premiership campaign have been quashed.

The Kerryman, the only Irish player to ever win a Premiership Grand Final, injured his shoulder in the Swans' NAB Challenge win over Richmond at the Manuka Oval on Saturday.

He received good news when a scan yesterday revealed no significant damage.

"He just bruised his rotator cuff. There's no tear," said Sydney team doctor Nathan Gibbs.

"We looked at it and scanned him and it was good news. It was the same shoulder he had a scope on last year, so in the back of our minds we were a bit concerned about that, but it was not inside the joint. It was more on the outside."

Kennelly, 25, will be rested for Friday's NAB Challenge match against Collingwood.

He is expected to be fit for the start of his seventh Premiership season. The Swans open their campaign against West Coast at the Telstra Stadium on March 31.

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