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'No risk' approach with Frawley, says Fagan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: James Frawley of the Hawks is assisted from the field during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at Spotless Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Hawthorn defender James Frawley in the hands of trainers on Saturday night.

HAWTHORN won’t take any risks with key defender James Frawley, says GM – Football Operations Chris Fagan. 

Frawley suffered concussion after an accidental knock to the head from teammate Ben Stratton in Saturday’s loss to GWS Giants, and played no further part in the game.

The Hawks are yet to make a decision on whether Frawley will play this week.

“We’re still not sure,” Fagan said in the Hawks’ Bupa Recovery Report on Tuesday.

“I guess it will depend a little bit on how he feels after he exercises, so we probably won’t be really clear on that until (Wednesday) or Thursday.”

Fagan said Frawley had undertaken some light exercise during Tuesday’s training session.

But under no circumstances will the Hawks risk him, if he hasn’t recovered fully from the knock.

“With concussions, you don’t take any risks,” Fagan said.

“He’s a really important player for us… (but) his health and welfare is more important than any game of football.”

In a positive for the Hawks, midfielder Will Langford will be available for selection after missing last week’s match with a corked quad, while Ryan Schoenmakers is a chance to return from a groin injury.

If Frawley is unavailable, the Hawks could look to untried defenders Kaiden Brand and Kurt Heatherley as potential options to hold down a key defensive post.

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