Hawks set to lose Cyril and Puopolo for at least six weeks
HAWTHORN duo Cyril Rioli and Paul Puopolo have both been ruled out for up to six weeks in a major blow for the resurgent side.
Rioli received a knock to the knee midway through his side’s clash with Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday and spent the rest of the afternoon on the bench, with scans later confirming a medial ligament injury.
“We had a really challenging day on the injury front,” director of high performance Andrew Russell said.
“Cyril has a moderate grade medial injury.
“It is on the same side as his PCL last year – but it’s not related at all. It looks like it’s probably in the five to six-week range at this stage.”
Puopolo limped from the ground during the third quarter with a high hamstring, which will also rule him out for an extended period.
“He’s probably pulled up a fraction better than we thought he would have,” Russell said.
“He’s got a decent hamstring strain and he’s going to miss four to six weeks.”
Rioli’s bad news comes just four games into his return from the knee injury which ruined his 2017 season, which prematurely ended at Round 8.
Puopolo also had an injuryinterrupted season last year with groin and adductor issues restricting him to 15 games.
The Hawks are hopeful veteran Shaun Burgoyne (hamstring) will return for their Round 6 clash with St Kilda.
Hawthorn, who sit fourth on the ladder with a 3-1 record, meet North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.
Cyril Rioli, the former Darwin product who played for NTFL club St Mary’s, in action for Hawthorn before injuring his knee at the MCG on Sunday