HAWTHORN is set to be without veteran defender James Frawley for three weeks after he suffered a left hamstring strain in last Sunday’s loss to St Kilda.
“It’s just your standard hamstring. At this stage, he’ll miss three weeks,” said Hawks physical performance manager Luke Boyd.
The injury means Frawley will miss games against Geelong, Carlton and Melbourne.
Fellow defender and skipper Ben Stratton is no certainty to be right to play against the Cats as he battles concussion.
Midfielder James Cousins sustained a right ankle injury against the Saints and required assistance to leave the field before eventually returning.
“‘Cuz’ had a nasty ankle sprain on the weekend. He was quite sore but managed to play the game out,” Boyd said.
“He’ll be pretty light early in the week and we’ll get him going late. At this stage, he’s a test to play.”
As previously reported on Sports Central, Hawthorn expect to regain recently re-signed on-baller Jaeger O’Meara from a left hip corkie for the Easter Monday blockbuster against Geelong.
Underrated midfielder Liam Shiels is likely to return from his hamstring strain against Carlton at UTAS Stadium, while evergreen veteran Shaun Burgoyne (hamstring) is at least another week away from being considered for selection.