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Hawk to miss up to eight weeks

Toby Manganelli is facing a stint on the sidelines with a dislocated finger. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH could be without small forward Toby Manganelli for up to eight weeks after he suffered a dislocated finger in Saturday’s win over East Geelong.

Hawks coach Adam Donohue revealed Manganelli required surgery after some of the bone in the finger on his right hand was exposed.

“The photo (of the finger) shows that it’s zig-zagged,” Donohue said. “It nearly made me vomit. Pinky finger zig-zagged, it wasn’t a good look.

“It’s a blow. He was really handy for us in the first game, and whilst he wasn’t getting a heap of the ball, his pressure up forward was impressive.

“That was one of our strong points in the second half in Round 1.

“So, to lose that hurts you.”

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However, Donohue won’t be short of options at selection ahead of this week’s clash with Thomson.

Blake Hutchinson will return from suspension, while Jake Templeton and Michael Grozdanovski are available after playing reserves against East Geelong to allow them to attend a wedding on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Bouwman is also a chance to take on the Tigers in a game that Donohue is well aware of the importance of.

“As a list, they’re probably the strongest in the comp,” he said. “I don’t really see many weaknesses; they’ve got really good players on every line.

“I’m sure they’re not that happy with how they’ve started, but I think they’re trying to jell like everyone else is.

“Thomson on their home deck, it’s going to be a really good challenge.”

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