MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Will Langford of the Hawks looks on during the 2017 AFL round 19 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 28, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn have made a very late change ahead of their clash with Essendon at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

Will Langford has been withdrawn after suffering back spasms during the warm-up, and has been replaced in the side by Brendan Whitecross.

“Langers has just had some back spasms while warming up, and it hasn’t settled down in time for the match,” GM-Football Graham Wright told

It’s the second change the Hawks have made on game day, with Ricky Henderson missing the game through an illness, with James Cousins coming into the team.