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Star Hawk set to return to face his old team

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Chad Wingard is set to take on the Power

HAWK Chad Wingard is set to be named to face his old side Port Adelaide for the first time on Saturday, but Isaac Smith seems certain to miss for the third week in a row.

A sore hamstring kept Wingard out for the past fortnight, but he trained strongly on Thursday, after being one of the last off the track on Tuesday as well. 

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The dual All Australian forward joined Hawthorn in a high-profile swap in last year's NAB AFL Trade Period following 147 matches in seven seasons at the Power. 

A calf complaint delayed the start of Wingard's career in brown and gold before this latest setback. 

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Defender James Frawley (hamstring) – a late withdrawal last week against Richmond – also looks likely to make the trip to Launceston, while Mitch Lewis (concussion) completed the session.

However, triple premiership-winning wingman Smith's foot problem continues to linger and he was a limited participant in the Hawks' main session for the week. 

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The 30-year-old was initially a late exclusion from Hawthorn's squad to play Greater Western Sydney in round eight, then also sat out the loss to the Tigers. 

Smith warmed up with the main group before taking part in some straight-line running – along with first-year swingman Jacob Koschitzke – and some basic handball drills.

He left the track about halfway through the two-hour hitout.

Koschitzke, the cousin of former St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke, has not appeared on Hawthorn's injury list, but didn't play for Box Hill in the VFL last weekend.

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Key backman Kaiden Brand, who has played three senior matches this year and 41 in total, also exited training early after appearing to hurt his foot in a game-play drill. 

Star defender Grant Birchall is again in the process of increasing his training loads. 

 

Birchall, 31, remains out indefinitely with a calf injury and trained away from the main group throughout Thursday's session.

He completed some light kicking, as well as straight-line, change-of-direction and timed lap running at a solid pace. 

Birchall last played in round 15, 2017, but has endured a horror run of setbacks and follow-up surgeries since first injuring his right knee two years ago.