Hawthorn are preparing to be without Jarman Impey for the rest of the season as the club weighs up whether he needs surgery to repair the ankle he injured at training on Thursday.
The 25-year-old had been in good form and played every game in 2021 after returning from a knee reconstruction last season, however he was taken from the track in pain after he landed awkwardly on a teammate’s foot during training two days ago.
Jarman Impey could well miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.Credit:Getty Images
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said they would wait until the swelling subsided before making a final decision on his treatment.
“He will miss a fair patch of the rest of the year, if not all of the year,” Clarkson said.
Hawthorn’s Jarman Impey.Credit:Getty Images
“Unfortunately his is a serious ankle strain and we just need to see whether we go for surgery or whether we let it heal naturally.”
Impey’s absence has opened the way for top 10 draft pick Denver Grainger-Barras to make his debut with the Hawks deciding to start club champion Shaun Burgoyne as the medical sub in his 399th game.
Clarkson said while no-one wants to be the medical sub, Burgoyne was happy to take his turn with the club also conscious the veteran may face a six-day break ahead of his 400th with the Hawks playing the Giants this Sunday.
“He’s actually a really good medical sub, to be fair, because he can play all positions on the ground outside of ruck,” Clarkson said.
“We want to look after him a little bit in terms of the preparation for that game. It is a significant milestone…someone has to play that role for us.
“We are always looking for someone that actually needs a little bit of a rest and on a six-day break leading into next week we thought Shaun was the appropriate one this week.”
Burgoyne made his debut in 2002, three days before Grainger-Barras was born.
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