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Hawks GM gives comprehensive injury update


Hawthorn is a club dealing with a lot of injuries at the moment and club General Manager of Football Graham Wright has provided a comprehensive injury update.

Jaeger O’Meara, who the Hawks just re-signed on a four-year deal, was a late omission last week with a hip injury, but is a reasonable chance of facing Geelong on Easter Monday.

“He’ll be a test later in the week,” Wright told SEN Mornings.

“He was touch-and-go and we gave him right up until the last day to have a look at it, we just didn’t feel he was going to be able to go through a full game and be okay so the decision was made to rest him and see if we can get him up for the Geelong game.”

Captain Ben Stratton is in a similar boat after undergoing a concussion test in the loss to St Kilda.

“Ben Stratton was tested for concussion in the game and has come out of the game okay. He was really good today and he was good after the game, so we’re hopeful he’ll be able to get through the protocols later in the week,” Wright said.

The news isn’t as good for defender James Frawley, however.

“Frawley had a hamstring. I think it’s a standard hamstring and he’ll miss three to four weeks,” he said.

Shaun Burgoyne and Liam Shiels are also both dealing with hamstring issues and Wright ruled them out of Easter Monday.

“Shaun Burgoyne and Liam Shiels both won’t play next week, but should be a chance for the Carlton game,” he said.

Finally, a number of players dealt with knocks in the St Kilda game, but the eight-day break works in their favour.

“Then we had a couple of other guys who were sore, James Cousins, Isaac Smith, James Sicily a little bit – I mean, more bangs and ankles and those types of things that hopefully with an eight-day break we’ll be able to get them up to play,” Wright said.

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