Young Hawthorn defenders Will Day and Denver Grainger-Barras are both set for stints on the sidelines after suffering injury setbacks on the weekend.
Day was unable to play out the four quarters in Hawthorn’s Round 2 loss after sustaining an ankle injury in the third quarter.
According to Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd, the youngster will miss a portion of the season, but the exact time frame can’t be confirmed until the severity of the injury has been determined.
“We’ll investigate (Will’s injury) further over the next couple of days to work out the full extent of the injury.
“What we can say now is that Will is going to miss a chunk of football with that ankle injury and he won’t be available to play this coming week.”
The club will provide a further update on Day in next week’s AIA Vitality Report.
UPDATE 31/03: Scans have confirmed Will Day has a fracture in his ankle which will require him to have surgery later this week. A timeframe for his return will become more clear following surgery.
Grainger-Barras will also miss a chunk of football after injuring himself in Box Hill’s practice match on Saturday, but has thankfully avoided any major structural damage to his knee.
"It was a hyperextension mechanism where someone fell across his leg," Boyd explained.
"The positive news is that he hasn't sustained any structural damage to the knee, the ligaments are all in good order, but he has given that knee a fair tweak.
"The next 7-10 days will give us a good indication of how he settles down, and that will help us determine what the time frame will be, but we expect him, like Will, to miss a chunk of football.
On a more positive note, Chad Wingard will have the opportunity to prove his fitness this week, with the hope of returning to the line up for Hawthorn’s Easter Monday clash.
“The plan is that he's got to get through training this week and tick a few boxes before he's available to play," Boyd said.
"We're hoping it'll be this week, but at this stage he's a test to play."
Watch the below AIA Vitality Update for more information on Hawthorn’s injury list.
Hawthorn's current injury list:
Chad Wingard - calf - test
Keegan Brooksby - ankle - 2-3 weeks
Jack Gunston - back - 4 weeks
Denver Grainger-Barras - knee - indefinite
Will Day - ankle - indefinite
Seamus Mitchell - ankle - indefinite
James Sicily - ACL - indefinite