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Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin to miss final for mental health treatment

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Caroline Wilson has addressed the ‘innuendo’ surrounding Lance Franklin’s medical issues.

The Sydney superstar has been ruled out of football for an indefinite period of time while he battles mental health issues.

It’s since been revealed Franklin also suffers from mild epilepsy, after reports of Franklin having a seizure at a Sydney cafe last Friday surfaced in the wake of the initial revelations.

Wilson said on Sports Today everything ‘seemed as it appeared’ and any suggestion otherwise was off the mark.

‘There’s no doubt that this has been an ongoing issue for Lance Franklin for most of his life,’ she said on 3AW.

She said Sydney was ‘still hopeful’ of Franklin playing a role during finals.

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‘After careful consideration, the club can confirm that Lance Franklin suffers mild epilepsy ? unrelated to the current mental health issues he is dealing with.’

‘The club can confirm that Lance suffered a mild epileptic seizure on Friday morning at a caf? near his home.’

‘He was taken to hospital and discharged later that afternoon following consultation with a specialist. The club has been aware of his condition for some time.’

‘On Saturday morning, he was medically assessed and cleared to take his place in the team for Saturday night’s match against the Gold Coast.’

‘This incident is not clinically linked to the mental health condition he is currently dealing with, and both Lance and the club have considered it a private medical matter. However in light of recent media reports, the club wished to clarify the situation.’