Hawthorn captain Ben McEvoy breaks his NECK at training 

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Hawthorn captain Ben McEvoy breaks his NECK at training and will be out of action until the second half of the season for surprising Hawks

  • Hawks skipper did the damage during a contest at training on Thursday
  • McEvoy, 32, will not need surgery but will be out until second half of season
  • Hawthorn recall Will Day to face Carlton in battle of surprising unbeaten sides 

Hawthorn will be without captain Ben McEvoy until the second half of the AFL season after the ruckman suffered a small fracture in his neck.

McEvoy has withdrawn from the team which was named to take on Carlton at the MCG on Sunday in a battle between two unbeaten sides.

Will Day has been recalled by the Hawks, while the Blues have regained Adam Cerra after the classy midfielder missed last week through COVID-19 protocols.

Lewis Young has been called in to replace Mitch McGovern (hamstring) in defence for Carlton.

McEvoy injured his neck during a contest at training on Thursday but will not require surgery.

Hawks skipper Ben McEvoy (pictured against Port Adelaide in round two) will be thanking his lucky stars his neck fracture won't require surgery

Hawks skipper Ben McEvoy (pictured against Port Adelaide in round two) will be thanking his lucky stars his neck fracture won’t require surgery

Hawthorn's club doctor insists McEvoy will be fine to return to the field once fully healed

Hawthorn’s club doctor insists McEvoy will be fine to return to the field once fully healed

The 32-year-old is expected to make a full recovery with no ongoing complications.

“Once healed, this will have no impact on Ben’s ability to play football moving forward,” Hawthorn club doctor Liam West said.

“At this stage we expect him to return to the team in the back half of the season.

“We’ll continue to assess Ben throughout his recovery following further specialist advice.”

Jaeger O’Meara will captain Hawthorn in McEvoy’s absence against Carlton.

Hawthorn's surprising unbeaten start to the season - including a boilover win against Port Adelaide (pictured) - goes on the line when they tackle Carlton on Sunday

Hawthorn’s surprising unbeaten start to the season – including a boilover win against Port Adelaide (pictured) – goes on the line when they tackle Carlton on Sunday

Meanwhile, St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder has been cleared to play his first match of the season after an interrupted build-up.

Ryder and defender Dougal Howard return to bolster the Saints for Sunday’s clash with Richmond at Marvel Stadium.

The Tigers have regained co-captain Dylan Grimes, who missed last week through soreness, but veteran spearhead Jack Riewoldt (thumb) and midfielder Dion Prestia (hamstring) are still unavailable.

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