13/04/2024

Changkuoth Jiath is one of two players who have been sent for scans. VIA Hawthorn Media

Changkuoth Jiath is one of two players who have been sent for scans following today's intra club match at Waverley Park.

The unfortunate luck continues for Hawthorn following a strong summer.

The club has confirmed Dylan Moore will be unavailable for up to a month whilst battling glandular fever, joining 2023 breakout star Will Day on the sidelines.

Following today’s intraclub match at Waverley Park, Changkuoth Jiath (hamstring) may also be in doubt to line up in Round 1 against Essendon whilst James Blanck (ACL) will miss the 2024 season.

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Jiath clutched at his hamstring early in the match and was not able to play out the game. 

A visibly disappointed Blanck struggled off the field in the third quarter, heading inside to complete an ACL test.

Both players have been sent for scans, with the club confirming Blanck’s scans revealed a torn ACL.

The key defender re-signed with the Hawks until 2026 last month.

“Hopefully on the minor end of the scale, but fingers crossed for both of them, they’ve had big summers and hopefully it’s nothing too serious,” said assistant coach David Hale following the match.

Jiath notably travelled to Qatar in the off season to seek assistance at a leading sports medicine practice in a bid to overturn his injury woes.

“He’s had a great pre-season, he’s a great kid and he’s come back in good nick,” Hale said.

The extent of their respective injuries is yet to be confirmed, but a positional reshuffle is set to ensue. 

James Sicily, Sam Frost or Jack Scrimshaw look to be Blanck’s likely replacement options, but Hale noted it was the one position in which they are lean.

“The young developing talls are probably one area me wight be a bit lean on now, that’s something we’ll have to look at going forward.”

Both players were putting on a solid showing until the time of their injury, with Jiath looking set to have locked down a role on the wing whilst Blanck presented strongly against Mitch Lewis. 

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