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Aussie Rules: Hawks hopeful over duo return

Hawthorn are hopeful of having Ned Reeves and Jaeger O’Meara both available when they take on Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday.

The Hawks are priced at 31/20 to beat the Pies and there is a good chance that coach Sam Mitchell will have both players available if they come through training this week.

Injury issues for duo

O’Meara missed last week’s defeat against the Gold Coast with a hamstring issue, while Reeves has not played since damaging his shoulder on Easter Monday.

Both players have been training this week and as long as there are no issues over the remainder of the week, Mitchell expects to have them both back.

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Suns came too soon

Reeves was close to playing against the Gold Coast as the Hawks needed a ruckman to replace Max Lynch. However the game came a touch too soon.

But with an extra week of training under his belt, he should now be good to go.

"Ned Reeves, we're hopeful (will be available). He got through a training session last week and he'll do another couple this week. If he gets through all those then he will be available," Mitchell told reporters on Wednesday.

"He has enough strength in it now. He was pretty safe in the week just gone. It would have been nice to have a recognised ruck in the side, but he'd only done one contact session. He has enough strength in it now.

"We want to give him a chance to actually be able to perform at a high level with some confidence in his body.”

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