Hawthorn head coach Sam Mitchell has confirmed the club will be forced to make some changes ahead of their clash against the Eagles this Sunday.

Hawks key defender Changkuoth Jiath will not play this weekend after suffering a minor injury last week against Melbourne.

"He's had an incident in the last five minutes of the game where he's had some sort of a calf injury," said Mitchell.

"We hoped it was just a cramp or a little bit sore, but it has turned out to be a little bit worse than that.

"We are hopeful that it is only a week, but being more realistic I think he will miss one more and then we'll see how he settles."

Mitchell has applauded Jiath for his ability to get himself healthy and is looking forward to his return.

"He works really hard on the management of his body and he's going to get back this year and play a lot more good footy for us" he said.

"he's got a ten-year plus career ahead of him, so this is just a minor hiccup."

Changkuoth Jiath during the AFL match between Hawthorn and St Kilda in Round 4, 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

In more positive news, the Hawks will look to welcome back ruckman Ned Reeves after he was a late exclusion in last week's game. Mitchell was enthusiastic when asked about his potential return.

"He looks like he's ready to go," Mitchell said of his ruckman.

"His ankle looks okay. I saw him doing some running and jumping from the vision.

"He looks to have got over that ankle so he should be good to go."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18: Mark Blicavs of the Cats and Ned Reeves of the Hawks compete for the ballduring the 2022 AFL Round 05 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 18, 2022 In Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Out-of-form forward Chad Wingard is also set to miss the Sunday with a calf Injury. Mitchell believes Wingard can also continue to work hard to get himself in better form.

"He's not going to play this week, he hurt his calf during the game," said Mitchell.

"He knows his form isn't what it should be for a player of his calibre.

"Like every player on the list, they need to continue to work and become the best version of themselves, (Chad's) no different to anyone else."

The Hawks will meet the Eagles in Launceston on Sunday afternoon.