Hawks facing trio dilemma

12 September 2020 20:16:06 GMTPlus10

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is considering leaving Jaeger O'Meara, Jarman Impey and Jon Patton out of the final two games of the season, as it is not worth the risk.

The trio have all had injury issues in the past and Clarkson admits he is reluctant to put them in when there is nothing much to play for.

The Hawks head into Sunday's clash against the Western Bulldogs knowing they cannot make the top eight, so Clarkson could see the season out with the kids.

"All of (O'Meara, Impey and Patton) at different stages over the course of the last two or three years have had injury interruptions to their careers," Clarkson told the media ahead of the Bulldogs clash.

"For the sake of one or two games coming back, just to get a game or two under their belt, maybe we're better off just going with the young kids.

"But we'll make that call in the next 24 hours, based on how they train today and whether we think they are ready and will get any benefit out of playing this week or next week."

Out of the three players, it looks as though Patton is the most likely to play.

"For a couple of those guys, particularly someone like Jonny Patton, just playing a game or two might be just the impetus he needs to go into a good pre-season," Clarkson added.

James Worpel suffered an AC joint injury last week that curtailed his season, while James Sicily (knee), Ricky Henderson (knee), Isaac Smith (shoulder) and young pair Harry Jones (knee) and Will Golds (knee) will not be seen again this season either.

The Hawks are priced at 3/1 to beat the Bulldogs, who are 27/100.

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