Swifts defender Erin Freeland to undergo surgery on broken finger

Erin Freeland. Picture: Trish Ralph.
Erin Freeland. Picture: Trish Ralph.

Swifts will be without goalkeeper Erin Freeland for Saturday’s home match against Rupanyup with the experienced player breaking her hand and finger last weekend.

Freeland is likely to miss a significant portion of the remainder of the season.

“We are hoping Erin can play a quarter or a half on Saturday,” Swifts coach Courtney Morrow said.

Freeland sustained the injury in last weekend’s win over Pimpinio. She said it was very innocuous and had no idea she had done major damage.

“I really didn’t think it was too bad. It didn’t hurt much at all so I was under the illusion I was fine,” she said.

“The incident was not memorable at all, from what I recall it was just a tussle I got caught in.

“It wasn’t until I went to the doctor on Wednesday that I knew how badly I had injured myself.”

Freeland will require surgery on her left ring finger which scans confirmed had “snapped”.

“I will hopefully have surgery next week and hope to get back for finals,” Freeland said.

“It is quite frustrating because as a team we were finding some really good rhythm.”

Tara Long will move from the mid-court into goalkeeper in Freeland’s absence.

“Tara is used to playing down back and I am sure she will do a great job,” Morrow said.

“It is up to us further up the court to stop the ball before it gets down to her.”

Freeland has been a crucial part in Swift’s surge towards an A Grade finals berth.