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January 14, 2013 4:21 PM

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Scans have confirmed talented young Hawthorn midfielder Alex Woodward has torn the graft on the repaired anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 19 year old sustained the injury during the Club’s skills session this morning at the Ricoh Centre.

Woodward initially ruptured the ACL in his right knee during a NAB Cup match ten months ago and underwent a traditional knee reconstruction.

Hawthorn General Manager of Football Operations Mark Evans said the midfielder completed a successful rehabilitation program and was back in full training with the senior list.

“Alex has trained exceptionally well this pre-season and is understandably devastated by this setback,” Evans said.

“To suffer two knee injuries so early in his career is not only unlucky but also presents Alex with a huge challenge. We are certain Alex’s strong character will get him through this tough period and as a Club we will offer both him and his family a great deal of support.”

“Alex approached his initial rehabilitation with absolute professionalism and enthusiasm and we expect he will take the same approach again this time.”

Woodward will consult a specialist in the coming days.