Hawks set to lose Cyril and Puopolo for at least six weeks

NT News - - SPORT - CHRIS CA­VANAGH

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.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL KLEIN

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

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