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Ankle issue for young Hawk

Inverleigh youngster Jye McEwan in action in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INJURY looks set to bring a halt to the season of Inverleigh’s Jye McEwan.

The versatile youngster suffered damage to ankle ligaments in the win over Thomson in Round 3.

“The initial diagnosis was his year’s done,” Hawks coach Adam Donohue said.

“He was hoping for a bit of miracle when he saw the surgeon. But at this stage, it’s the worst-case result.

“It’s unfortunate because he was playing a pretty important role for us and started to look pretty good at the role he was doing.

“A bit of loss, but we’ll move on, and other guys will get opportunities.”

Inverleigh will also be without experienced midfielder Blake Hutchison for at least a fortnight as he battles ongoing hamstring tightness.

“He pulled up lame in Round 1, and he had Round 2 off with the suspension,” Donohue said.

“Then against Thomson, he called it a third of the way through the third quarter – he just tightened.

“It just wasn’t working for him, so he’s gone and seen someone, and he’s on a program to strengthen up the hammies and the glute and back area.

“So, he’ll probably miss this week and next week as well.”

Donohue also revealed Toby Manganelli had suffered a setback in his recovery from a nasty finger injury sustained in Round 2.

“Last week, when I spoke to him, he said he was off work for eight weeks,” Donohue said.

“Best case, he’s probably looking at Round 12 at the earliest.”

The Hawks will look to make it five consecutive wins to start the season when they host Geelong West on Saturday.

“I think West is a pretty underrated and pretty dangerous team,” Donohue said.

“They smacked Belmont, who seems to be going alright, and if they kicked straight on the weekend (against East Geelong), they probably win the game.

“It’s a pretty big game for us. They’re under no pressure and are coming out to us, I suspect, as underdogs.

“They’ll come hard at us and try and get a scalp.”

Meanwhile, former Williamstown VFL player David Stretton has departed Werribee Centrals after just one appearance.

Based on the Bellarine Peninsula, Stretton, who was due to play with Ocean Grove in 2020, has lodged a clearance to Barwon Heads.

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