Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson believes injured recruits Chad Wingard and Tom Scully won’t be suiting up for the Hawks in Round 1.
Scully has been out with an ankle injury since Round 2 last year while Wingard suffered a setback with his calf in the off-season.
The Hawks coach says the club is taking their time in bringing Scully back.
“He’s a little bit like Tom Lynch- why would you take the risk at this point in time?” Clarkson told SEN Breakfast.
“There’s a lot of difference between four to five weeks and four to five months or even longer which has been the case for Lynch and Scully, so I reckon the clubs will be a little bit more conservative with bringing those sorts of guys back into the side.
“We’re not there yet, we just want to make sure we get him absolutely right before we trod him out onto the park.”
Scully has increased his training load over the summer and Wingard is set to join him, according to Clarkson.
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“Chad will be back into full training this week I’m led to believe,” he said.
“‘Sculls’ has been in full training for longer than that.
“In terms of his progress in the last 12 months, that’s significant for him and us so he’s progressing well.”
The Hawks open their season against the Crows on Saturday at the Adelaide Oval.
Listen to Garry and Tim’s full interview with Alastair Clarkson in the player below.