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Star Hawk all but ruled out of R1 after calf setback

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PRIZED Hawthorn recruit Chad Wingard has all but been ruled out of round one after suffering a setback on his injured calf at training this week.

Wingard has been dealing with calf tightness over the past month but reaggravated the injury on the track earlier this week. 

The former Port star's lack of preparation will force him to miss the opening of the season, according to Hawks football manager Graham Wright. 

"Unfortunately, it is unlikely Chad will be fit for round one against Adelaide," Wright told hawthornfc.com.au

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"Chad had put a strong block of training in before this setback. 

"He has been incredibly dedicated since arriving at the club and we are sure he will apply this same level of commitment throughout this next stage of his recovery."

Wingard will now look to scale back his training and slowly build his program up to avoid any further issues. 

The star half-forward was traded to the Hawks as part of a complex three-way deal involving Port Adelaide, Brisbane and Hawthorn in the off-season. 

The Power landed Ryan Burton and Sam Mayes, from the Lions, in the exchange. 

Hawthorn signed Wingard to a five-year deal upon joining the club in October.