The Hawks are soon to be buoyed by the return of promising youngster Will Day, as the defender nears a return to full fitness following surgery on a fractured ankle.

The 20-year-old could be available to play as early as this weekend.

“It’s been about 10 or 11 weeks since Will hurt himself back in Round 2,” Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd said.

“He’s made really good progress. The last three weeks has been really positive, so back in the ball program with the main group.

“He had a big session on Saturday which involved getting to game loads, so that gives us a lot of confidence going forward.

“He got through this morning’s session quite well and we expect Will to be available to play this week.

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Jaeger O’Meara is also hopeful to return to the field this weekend, having overcome the concussion that held him out of Round 11.

“Jaeger’s concussion symptoms have settled down quite well,” Boyd said.

“He was able to start some skills-based work since then and trained well today.

“We just need to make sure he recovers and pulls up well from that training session, but at this stage we think he’s a chance to play this week.

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The Day is near | Hawks Injury Update

The injury list is looking smaller than ever!

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Hawthorn's injury list:

Jaeger O'Meara - concussion - available

Lachie Bramble - hamstring - available

Will Day - ankle - test

Denver Grainger-Barras - knee - test

Seamus Mitchell - ankle - 3-4 weeks

Jack Gunston - back spasms – TBC

James Sicily - ACL - season