Don close to re­turn

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

FOR­GOT­TEN Essendon tag­ger Heath Hock­ing is fi­nally clos­ing in on a come­back, 10 months af­ter his last ap­pear­ance.

Hock­ing played in pain for a lot of last year and un­der­went surgery on his left groin in De­cem­ber be­fore be­ing forced to have a sec­ond op­er­a­tion on his right groin six weeks later.

But the Bombers, who last night re­called David Za­harakis and Ben Howlett for Sun­day’s meet­ing with St Kilda, could have the rugged left- footer avail­able for his first game of the year next week.

Essendon football man­ager Neil Craig said Hock­ing’s ab­sence had left a void.

“We’ve cer­tainly missed his ex­pe­ri­ence,” Craig said.

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