News – AU – More injury drama for Hawks: Another weapon in the R1 doubt


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Chad Wingard has to miss both preparation games with another soft tissue injury

MERCURICAL Hawthorn striker Chad Wingard has succumbed to another soft tissue setback that casts him into doubt for the first round

Wingard put weight on his calf at the Hawks’ intra-club last week and will be on Wednesday and Melbourne (6 March) miss practice games against the Western Bulldogs

With Jack Gunston (back) already excluded for the season opener and Tom Mitchell (shoulder) driving around the clock, this is a premature setback for the Hawks

It is the second time in three preseason at Waverley Park that Wingard has interrupted his preseason with a calf complaint

He was sidelined from the first two rounds of 2019 because of a calf before missing another six games with two separate hamstring injuries

The 27-year-old had a full health certificate last year and was third in the best and most beautiful of the club after all 17 games

Mitchell is unlikely to play in any of the pre-season games, but coach Alastair Clarkson told AFLcomAu last week the Brownlow medalist hadn’t been ruled out for the first round

Hawthorn manager Alastair Clarkson admits he has still failed to keep a promise he made to his 2014 Premier League heroes to get them to the Super Bowl

In the week before the first round (13-14 Try to play for minutes in a Box Hill scratch game or against Essendon (March 20) March) can be thrown into the first round without scoring a hit

Defender Jack Scrimshaw is also doubtful for the first round after injuring his knee at the intraclub last week, which was later diagnosed as a bruised bone

Meanwhile, James Sicily is expecting a late-season return from the ACL he suffered last year while draftsmen Seamus Mitchell (ankles) and Jack Saunders (thighs) are back in full shape

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News – AU – More injury drama for Hawks: Another weapon when in doubt about R1
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