BROWNLOW medallist Tom Mitchell and Hawthorn teammate Conor Nash will be sidelined from training until next year after undergoing shoulder reconstructions this week.
Mitchell aggravated his right shoulder in a training session shortly before the round two restart from the COVID-19-enforced season shutdown.
The 27-year-old midfield star wore strapping in the early rounds, but didn't miss a game on his way to a runner-up finish in the Peter Crimmins Medal, behind first-time winner Jack Gunston.
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It was an impressive return to the field for Mitchell after missing all of the 2019 season recovering from a broken left leg.
Nash has earned a new contract and will extend his AFL career into a fifth season after starting as a Category B rookie from Ireland.
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Hawks physical performance manager Luke Boyd tipped Mitchell and Nash to rejoin their teammates at the start of 2021.
"Like with a lot of footballers, Tom has had a grumbly shoulder joint for a number of years and it's something he has managed well over his career," Boyd said.
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"Both these surgeries were the type that could wait until the end of the season, which now gives the pair a good chunk of time to focus on their rehab.
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"Both Tom and Conor will require three-to-four months of rehab and should return to training after Christmas."