Sam Mitchell to miss West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn Hawks clash

Posted by Sports News First on 20/4/2017
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West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell has been ruled out of facing his old side Hawthorn in Sunday’s AFL clash at the MCG.

The four-time premiership player initially feared he had broken his leg when he injured his ankle last week against Sydney, but had been hopeful of recovering in time to face the Hawks.

Forward Jack Darling has been added to the Eagles’ extended 25-man squad after missing the Swans clash with an ankle complaint.

The Hawks have recalled off-season recruit Ty Vickery as they look for their first win of the year.

Sydney’s hopes of upsetting Greater Western Sydney in Saturday night’s derby at the SCG have been bolstered, with Isaac Heeney, Kurt Tippett and Gary Rohan named alongside debutant Lewis Melican.

Youngsters Aliir Aliir, Nic Newman and Oliver Florent have all been omitted, while the Giants have named veteran Steve Johnson in place of Tim Taranto (managed).

North Melbourne big man Mason Wood is set to play for the first time since last July after being named to face Fremantle on Saturday night.

The Roos have rested ruckman Braydon Preuss and dropped Nathan Hrovat for debutant Ed Vickers-Willis, while the Dockers have replaced rookie Harley Balic (hip) with Darcy Tucker.

Adelaide’s Brad Crouch is also set for his first run of the season on Saturday when the Crows face Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

The talented midfielder comes in for Jake Kelly, who has an eye injury, while Callum Ah Chee will replace Steven May (hamstring) for the Suns.

Western Bulldogs defender Shane Biggs has been named to replace Travis Cloke (broken ribs) for Saturday’s game against Brisbane.

The Lions have made three changes after being thrashed last week by Richmond, recalling Ryan Harwood, Ryan Bastinac and Liam Dawson.

Star Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to return from suspension on Friday night when the Power host Carlton.

The Blues will field 10 players aged under 21, having replaced veterans Dale Thomas and Matthew Kreuzer (soreness) with Andrew Phillips and debutant Cameron Polson.

St Kilda stalwarts David Armitage (groin) and Tom Hickey (managed) will miss Sunday’s clash with Geelong at Etihad Stadium.

The Saints confirmed star midfielder Jack Steven will return from a punctured lung alongside ruckman Billy Longer.

Geelong have included George Horlin-Smith, who has recovered from a broken thumb, in their extended squad.