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Bupa recovery report: R5

Bupa Recovery Report - Round 5 Check out the latest news on the injury list.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Ben Stratton of the Hawks marks infront of Tarryn Thomas of the Kangaroos  during the round three AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ben Stratton is expected to be available this weekend.

Hawthorn is expecting to welcome back defender Ben Stratton to its line-up when it takes on Carlton at University of Tasmania Stadium on Sunday.

The Hawks were dealt a blow when the captain was a late withdrawal from the selected side in its clash with Geelong, but the club does not anticipate the 30-year-old missing further time.

Midfield duo Shaun Burgoyne and Liam Shiels are two more experienced players who are nearing a return.

The pair both injured hamstrings in the Round 2 loss to the Western Bulldogs but, according to Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd, are on the cusp of a return.

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“Liam is going really well so he is back into the full skills component at the moment,” Boyd said.

“The plan is that this week he will train and if he gets through the week of training he will be available to play.

“Shaun is going well, he is probably a week behind Liam Shiels.”

Former Saint Darren Minchington is in line to pull on the brown and gold jumper for the first time this weekend for Box Hill.

Minchington has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the past six weeks after making a strong impression in his first pre-season at the Ricoh Centre.

Ben Stratton – concussion – test

Ben McEvoy – adductor soreness - test

Darren Minchington – hamstring – test

Liam Shiels – hamstring - test

Mathew Walker – knee – test

Jackson Ross – hamstring soreness – test

Jacob Koschitzke – concussion - test

Shaun Burgoyne – hamstring - 1 week

James Frawley – hamstring - 2-3 weeks

Grant Birchall – calf – indefinite

Tim Mohr – knee – season

Tom Mitchell – leg - season

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs