AFL Rd 6 - Collingwood v Hawthorn
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Jonathon Patton of the Hawks leaves the ground with an injury during the round 6 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Hawthorn Hawks at GIANTS Stadium on July 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Luckless Hawthorn recruit Jonathon Patton might be in contention to make a return late into the season as club officials confirm their key-forward has avoided any damage to his achilles, per Fox Footy.

Patton sustained a game-ending injury in the first quarter of Thursday’s clash against Essendon, holding his head in his hands before being assisted off the ground.

While Patton is set to be sidelined for the Hawks’ upcoming fixtures, Hawthorn general manager Graham Wright said “the General’ is a strong chance to return in 2020.

“We are pleased for Jonny that scans have revealed no damage to his achilles,” Wright said.

“Although any injury is not ideal, this one leaves the window open for Jonny to make a recovery in time for a return to football this season. It’s a relief for Jonny and the club and we have no doubt he will do everything possible to get himself back on the park as quick as possible.”

The former No.1 pick had also sustained a hamstring injury earlier in the season, missing  five matches.

Patton has battled through three knee reconstructions, with his last ruling him out of the whole 2019 season.