Hawthorn defender Ben Stratton will miss at least the next three weeks due to a torn pectoral muscle.
Stratton sustained the injury during the second quarter of the Hawks’ shock loss to Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
Hawthorn General Manager of Football Operations Chris Fagan confirmed on Tuesday that the injury will sideline the defender for the rest of the home and away season.
“Ben will miss three-to-four weeks with his pectoral injury which isn’t ideal,” Fagan said.
“He’s an important part of our backline unit but we are confident others will step up to cover his absence.”