Tom Lynch had to be convinced to take a break
DAVID Swallow will captain the Suns in the absence of injured co-captains Tom Lynch and Steven May.
Suns coach Stuart Dew has revealed Lynch has been carrying a knee injury for the past few weeks but said he was not laying the fault on the hard surface at Perth's new stadium where the Suns played back-to-back games between Rounds 3 and 4.
He said the club had hoped he would last until the bye and one week's rest would be enough but the condition deteriorated after the 48-point loss to the Crows in Adelaide at the weekend.
An ankle injury he suffered in Round 4 against West Coast compounded the problem because he was unable to do the necessary strengthening work to keep the knee problem at bay.
Lynch had to be convinced it was in his best long-term interests to take a break.
"He'd keep playing every week,'' he said.
"We make the call both medically and with match committee.
"Tom being Tom, he'd roll out every week. That's good at times, but sometimes you have to save the players.''
He baulked at a question whether the Suns' encouraging 3-3 start to the season had made him consider resting Lynch now to be fresh for the second half of the season where the club plays seven of 13 games at home after being on the road for the opening two months.
"I'll push back on that. It was a week-to-week thing and we were hoping he'd get to the bye … but when you throw the ankle in with it, it gets to the point where you have to look after the player,'' he said.
"If we were 0-6 we'd do the same because he's got along career ahead of him.''
May is only expected to miss one week with an infection in the finger he broke in the QClash and will be available for the Suns' home game against Melbourne at the Gabba in Round 8.
Dew said Swallow was the obvious candidate to lead the side against the Bulldogs after his stellar performance against Adelaide.
"I think the way he played last week is fitting, he gets the reward this week to be captain,'' he said.
"He just leads by example with his physicality and the way he approaches his footy. Everyone sees the two hours on Saturday but he's a great leader from Monday to Friday.''
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