Hawthorn’s defence has suffered another knee injury blow, with All-Australian Grant Birchall to miss about six weeks.

Birchall suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in Friday night’s win over West Coast.

The running half-back hurt his leg in the first term and stayed on until the third quarter, with medical staff initially assessing him with a corked calf. But at training the next morning he experienced a swollen knee and scans revealed a more serious injury.

”We’ve discovered that in the same incident where he hurt his calf, he also hurt the PCL in his knee when he hit the ground,” coaching and development manager Chris Fagan told the club website.

”Unfortunately that means he’s going to be out for somewhere between four and six weeks, and it could even be longer, depending on how his rehabilitation progresses.”

The news is better for fellow defender Josh Gibson, who rolled an ankle late in the Eagles match.

”He was sore after the game, but he’s made really good progress in the early part of this week,” Fagan said. ”There’s no serious damage to his ankle, so if he trains well, he should play.”

Paul Puopolo (quad tightness) will be tested, and Isaac Smith (calf) is available.

Meanwhile, Lions coach Michael Voss describes Sunday’s clash with the Hawks as a “hangover cure” in the aftermath of his team’s amazing come-from-behind win against Geelong at the Gabba.

Voss said he still had some belief in the team’s ability to win at three-quarter-time, but he was at a loss to explain where it came from

“I don’t know. I tell you what, when I have the answer to that question, I won’t be coaching the Brisbane Lions, I’ll be making a hell of a lot more money than what I’m doing here,” he said.

”The most sobering thought in all this is that if you want a hangover cure, there’s a team called Hawthorn waiting for us, and it’s in Tasmania and they’re up and going.”

With aap

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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