Sydney aren't getting too excited about the absence of Hawthorn matchwinners Lance Franklin and possibly Cyril Rioli for Friday night's AFL qualifying final.

The top-placed Hawks beat the Swans by 12 points in their last home-and-away game at ANZ Stadium last Friday night.

But things are tipping Sydney's way at selection for their MCG rematch.

The Swans have regained Kurt Tippett, Dan Hannebery, Nick Smith and game-breaking speedster Lewis Jetta, who will be playing his first AFL game since round 10.

Coach John Longmire has Jetta earmarked for the substitute's role.

But Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe, who won the Norm Smith Medal when the Swans upset the Hawks in last year's grand final, said the club would not be risking any player who couldn't withstand a full game.

"Every player who plays has to be able to play for four quarters," O'Keefe told reporters on arrival in Melbourne on Thursday.

"These finals go down to the last minutes so every player who plays has to be able to put out the full exertion for the whole time."

The Hawks have regained Brent Guerra and ruckman Max Bailey.

But while they also named Rioli, who missed last week's clash with an ankle injury, he didn't train with teammates on Thursday and coach Alastair Clarkson has admitted there is doubt over whether he will play.

But O'Keefe said regardless of who took the field for Hawthorn they would be tough opposition.

"Both teams don't really rely on one or two players," O'Keefe said.

"It's a collective and you use the full depth of the squad.

"I don't think it favours anyone really, it's going to be a pretty tough battle.

"We know whatever team Hawthorn put on the field it's going to be tough."

O'Keefe said last year's premiership win meant nothing in terms of Friday night's clash.

He said last weekend was a good dress rehearsal but expects the intensity to go up a notch with a fortnight's rest and a home preliminary final on the line.

But O'Keefe said the loser would still be firmly in the premiership hunt.

"You do get another chance, that's the benefit of working hard and performing through the year to get that top-four spot," he said.

 

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