HAWTHORN has confirmed James Sicily is set to miss the next 12 months with a ruptured ACL.

The star defended injured his knee against West Coast on Sunday night (watch the incident in the player above) and scans have revealed the extent of the damage. 

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Sicily was helped from the field after a collision in the final moments of the side's round 12 loss. 

Hawthorn's football manager Graham Wright said the club was shattered.  

"This is obviously devastating for 'Sis', his teammates and the wider Hawthorn family," Wright told hawthornfc.com.au.

The Hawks have slipped to third bottom on the ladder and the injury is insult to a miserable 2020 and a season that Hawthorn would rather forget. 

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Hawthorn has won just one game from its last six and tensions are high as debate rages about the club's capacity to rebuild under master coach Alastair Clarkson.

Sicily has played 93 games for the Hawks over seven seasons.