HAWTHORN'S horror news of recent days has continued, with star midfielder Jaeger O'Meara to undergo surgery to have a plate inserted in his broken hand.

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The Hawks' vice-captain suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to West Coast, but managed to play out the game.

Gun defender James Sicily went down with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture late in the same match and faces spending the next 12 months on the sidelines.

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Horror Hawk news as Sicily hurts knee

Hawthorn have been dealt a cruel blow late in the game with gun defender James Sicily leaving the ground after appearing to injure his knee

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"It was a pretty gallant effort from him to get through the game," Hawthorn's physical performance manager Luke Boyd said of O'Meara.

"He's going to have surgery this week, which will obviously rule him out (of Saturday's clash with Port Adelaide). We'll reassess next week and see whether he's available to play."

Emerging onballer Harry Jones would have been a leading contender to replace O'Meara, but sustained an injury setback of his own in Sunday's scratch match against the Eagles. 

Harry Jones won't be adding to his one senior game for a while. Picture: AFL Photos

Jones will miss the next four to six weeks, and possibly the rest of the season, with a medial collateral ligament injury after copping a knock.

It's horrible timing for Jones, who missed out on making his AFL debut last year because of a posterior cruciate ligament issue before finally playing his first game in round five this year.

The positive, Boyd said, was the MCL setback was unrelated to the PCL one.

Premiership wingman Isaac Smith is also no certainty to return from his shoulder injury.

James Cousins now looks the most obvious candidate to come into the Hawks' team for his first senior match of the year after strong scrimmage game form.