Hawthorn could receive an added boost ahead of its Sir Doug Nicholls clash with Port Adelaide on Sunday, with two key cogs in the mix for a possible return. 

Captain James Sicily (shoulder/ankle) and key forward Mabior Chol (wrist) are both tracking well following their respective injuries, but will need to both pass a fitness test to return to play. 

Sicily missed last Saturday's win against St Kilda after injuring both his shoulder and ankle in his side's previous victory against the Western Bulldogs a fortnight ago.

Hawthorn High Performance Manager Peter Burge said Sicily would need to get through contract work at main training this week to be available for selection.

"The ankle has progressed really well, he did a really good conditioning session over the weekend," Burge added. 

"From a shoulder point of view, he screened really well today, his strength is really good in a gym-based setting, but now we have to put him through more functional testing as in full training on Thursday."

Meanwhile, Chol could also be eying a return after missing the last fortnight after sustaining a wrist injury following Round 7. 

The 27-year-old trained on the weekend and will full train this week and if all goes well, he would be available for selection.

Burge also provided an update on Mitch Lewis who has been dealing with an ongoing cartilage issue in the back of his knee cap.

He explained the injury would not require surgery, but instead needs continuous assessment over time. 

"It's really frustrating for everyone, for us in particular, and the player first and foremost," Burge said. 

"It had improved over the last week, he had a really good session last Tuesday, but then didn't come in so well on Thursday and then over the weekend became sore again.

"What it looks like over the next couple of weeks, I can't be exact right now. We've had some timeframes previously where we thought he was going to be fine, and he wasn't able to progress into full training.

"For now, he's not going to be playing in the short-term, we'll take a step back, get some conditioning into his body, try and build some more strength in that area."

In other injury news, Ned Reeves (hand) and Henry Hustwaite (concussion) are also on track to be available selection after recovering from their seperate injuries they sustained during Box Hill's VFL game against the Western Bulldogs a fortnight ago.

Forward Jack O'Sullivan is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks due to a hamstring strain. 

Watch the full injury report with Burge below.


Injury List 



Availability / Timeframe

James Sicily



Mabior Chol



Ned Reeves



Henry Hustwaite



Mitch Lewis



Jack O’Sullivan


2-3 weeks

Will McCabe


4-6 weeks

James Blanck



Sam Butler