Preview Tom Mitchell out for 2019 with broken leg

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Time for the youngsters in Howe, cousins and worpel to stand up...Tom Mitchell is irreplaceable,
Especially with how poor the hawks midfield depth is but there’s now a great opportunity for one of the under 23s to make a name for themselves...Burgoyne and JOM are the two next best mids and between them will miss min 6-8 games through injury. Wingard, who you would think has been bought in to replace Cyril will also have to play more midfield. Mitchell’s injury will have huge affect.


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I know it is a massive loss, but I wouldn't write Hawthorn off for the season.
Plenty of times a club has lost a star preseason or early and went on to do well (Murphy for WB in 2016, McKenzie for WC in 2015 come to mind).
Albeit Mitchell is their #1 player, whereas those two were maybe top 5 at the time.

Also, how unbelievable that an inside mid like Mitchell that has been at the coalface for the last two years with a weekly tag to boot could break a leg in a tackle at training! He would have been tackled a million times in games over the last two years, been at the bottom of countless packs, laid however many tackles himself. Seems as unlikely as Gaff being the person to break someones jaw.
 

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This is terrible news... bloody great player of the game out for the season.

The hawks will still be competitive without him as they are just too good a club not to be.

Preseaon is horrid isnt it... as supporters we sit around with our fingers crossed that there’s no bad news like this for any players at our clubs..

Its just another reason why we all want to just get to round 1 of the season ASAP and forgo all of these months of sitting around waiting and hoping no bad injury news emerges.
 

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That's going to **** his 2020 as well.
IF it's a broken tibula and fibula than you are unfortunately correct... fyfe and Nathan brown good examples... hawks will lose Burgoyne at the end of 2019 and their second best midfielder, Omera still has questions marks over his fitness after failing to finish last season...he really needs to play a full season...really need to hope worpel, howe and cousins can come on and become solid AFL footballers because the Hawks midfield is in for a world of pain over the next few years if they don't.
 

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Terrible news for Mitchell. Hawthorn and football in general.

Will be interesting to see how the Hawks go this season. West Coast lost NicNat and Gaff and still one the GF so wouldn't be writing them off just yet.
 

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Probably the most significant injury that could have happened in the entire league. No team is more reliant on a player than Hawthorn is on Mitchell. This is seriously bad news for them.

Hope he recovers well and that this doesn't ruin his career.
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Terrible news for Mitchell. Hawthorn and football in general.

Will be interesting to see how the Hawks go this season. West Coast lost NicNat and Gaff and still one the GF so wouldn't be writing them off just yet.
Mitchell has literally carried this team for the past two seasons...other hawks fans will argue and say it isn't true but it is... he is arguably the #1 player any team could ill-afford to lose....this hawks' team midfield is not exactly top tier and filled with good depth...the starting midfield this season will now be Omera, shiels and worpel... compare that to every other team's top 3 and other than the Suns, it's arguably the worst starting midfield in the league...his injury will have a huge affect on the team this season....he is irreplaceable
 

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Mitchell has literally carried this team for the past two seasons...other hawks fans will argue and say it isn't true but it is... he is arguably the #1 player any team could ill-afford to lose....this hawks' team midfield is not exactly top tier and filled with good depth...the starting midfield this season will now be Omera, shiels and worpel... compare that to every other team's top 3 and other than the Suns, it's arguably the worst starting midfield in the league...his injury will have a huge affect on the team this season....he is irreplaceable
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Horrible news.

Only positive if you can call it that is the wording coming from his club.

"For Tom to suffer an injury like this is incredibly disappointing for both him and our footy club," Hawthorn football manager Graham Wright said.

"He will undergo surgery over the weekend and as a result will most likely miss the 2019 season."

Hopefully it's the sort of break where he has surgery, is off it for a while and then back walking and running before too long. Missing the 2019 season means not being fully fit to play in August/September. If that's the outcome it's not the end of the world. You just hope it's not a case of battling to be ready by March/April next year.
 
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Arguably the most important player to any team in the league (with the possible exception of Cripps and Fyfe) and generates and metric shit tonne of play for the Hawks both as a ball-winner and link-up option.

Interesting to see how Hawthorn go without him.
 
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