Hawthorn youngster Seamus Mitchell has had his pre-season interrupted by injury, with the 21-year-old booked in for surgery on a fractured jaw.
According to a press release from the Hawks, sent out on Thursday evening, Mitchell injured his jaw during match simulation at Waverley earlier in the day.
The Bendigo Pioneers product will now be racing the clock ahead of Round 1, with Hawthorn ruling Mitchell out of action for the next month.
"Seamus had scans on Thursday afternoon which unfortunately confirmed a fracture of the jaw," Hawthorn club doctor Liam West told Hawks Media.
"He will now see a specialist and then have surgery early next week. We will have a better idea on his timeline for return to play following that. But at this stage, we anticipate this to be somewhere between four to six weeks following his operation.
"It's an unfortunate result for Seamus, but we expect him to make a full recovery and he'll be doing everything he can to return to the field as soon as possible."
Mitchell managed his first 14 senior games last season after making his way to Bungil Bagora with the 29th selection of the 2020 AFL Draft.