Star Hawks hit for six

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HAWTHORN will be with­out in­jured stars Cyril Ri­oli and Paul Puopolo for up to six weeks. Ri­oli suf­fered a knee in­jury and Puopolo strained a ham­string in the Hawks’ re­sound­ing win over Mel­bourne at the MCG on Sun­day.

Ri­oli drove his right knee into the turf in the sec­ond quar­ter as he tried to evade a tackle and didn’t ap­pear af­ter half-time. It is the same knee that kept the four-time premier­ship star side­lined af­ter round eight last sea­son.

“Cyril has a mod­er­ate grade me­dial lig­a­ment in­jury,” per­for­mance man­ager An­drew Rus­sell said.

Puopolo in­jured his right ham­string chas­ing down and tack­ling Demons de­fender Jake Lever in the third quar­ter.

He limped off the ground clutch­ing the back of his leg in clear dis­com­fort, spark­ing fears he had suf­fered a se­vere in­jury that could re­quire surgery.

CARL­TON will be with­out cap­tain Marc Mur­phy for the next month. Mur­phy was forced to pull out of the Blues’ loss to North Mel­bourne on Satur­day af­ter in­jur­ing his foot in the warm-up.

Scans have since re­vealed dam­age to his plan­tar fas­cia.

While it’s a blow to Carl- ton’s im­me­di­ate hopes of win­ning its first game in 2018, the in­jury has been known to side­line play­ers for far longer.

Blues head of foot­ball An­drew McKay up­dated fans on Mur­phy as well as Darcy Lang and Sam Docherty.

“Scans have re­vealed he’s done some dam­age to his plan­tar fas­cia, which is the ma­te­rial that runs along the bot­tom of the foot,” he told the club web­site.

“The doc­tors are say­ing he’ll be out for the next four weeks, which is re­ally un­for­tu­nate for us and Marc, but it gives some­one else an op­por­tu­nity to fill that spot.”

Lang, re­cruited from Gee­long in the off-sea­son, hasn’t been sighted in navy blue this sea­son but is near­ing a re­turn from an an­kle in­jury.

“Darcy Lang’s made some real progress over the last few weeks. He’s avail­able for se­lec­tion al­though he’s been out of foot­ball for quite some time, so he won’t be avail­able for se­nior se­lec­tion,” McKay said.

“Caleb Marchbank ob­vi­ously rolled his an­kle a cou­ple of weeks ago. That’s press­ing along quite well, he’s back run­ning now which is great but still prob­a­bly three weeks away.

Docherty is run­ning at train­ing but still faces a long road as he re­cov­ers from a knee re­con­struc­tion. “He’s pro­gress­ing well but he’s still some time away,” McKay said.

MEL­BOURNE re­vealed veteran mid­fielder Jor­dan Lewis had played most of Sun­day’s heavy loss to Hawthorn with a frac­tured fin­ger.

The for­mer Hawk was crit­i­cised as one of sev­eral play­ers who failed to im­pose them­selves on the lop­sided con­test at the MCG.

But the Demons have re­vealed he had been play­ing under sig­nif­i­cant duress. “Jordy suf­fered a frac­ture to his hand — his fourth fin­ger — in the sec­ond quar­ter, so he’s ac­tu­ally done re­ally well to play the rest of the game,” per­for­mance man­ager Dave Mis­son said yes­ter­day.

“But un­for­tu­nately, he’ll miss the Rich­mond game.

“He had surgery (on Mon­day) and had a plate put in that hand. We’re hop­ing he’s only go­ing to miss one (game), but maybe a lit­tle bit longer than that. “We think he’s a pretty good healer and the sur­geon was happy with what he did.” The 31-year-old will miss the An­zac Day eve clash with the Tigers at the MCG, and is in doubt for the round-six match against Essendon.

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