Hawthorn star Chad Wingard's AFL return has been delayed by at least another week after he suffered hamstring tightness at training.
Coach Sam Mitchell said on Thursday morning Wingard would return along with Jack Gunston and Will Day for Sunday's clash with GWS.
But in the main training session later Wingard pulled up tight in his hamstring and he was ruled out of the trip north after undergoing scans.
Wingard has already missed four games across the season through a combination of setbacks.
His absence is a blow as Hawthorn attempt to snap a four-game AFL losing run by securing their first win at Giants Stadium in six attempts.
Day had been sidelined through the AFL's health and safety protocols.
Gunston played the first nine games but injured his ankle against Richmond and then re-injured it on his return in round 12, missing another two matches.
Hawthorn have won four and lost 10 to sit 15th, one spot below the Giants on percentage.
Mitchell expects the Hawks to have their work cut out for them against the up-and-down Giants, who are out to arrest a two-match losing run.
Big GWS forward Jesse Hogan has booted seven goals and averaged 6.5 marks across the past two weeks.
"An area we've got to make some improvement is our team defence, so it'll be a good challenge for us," Mitchell said.
"Our players have put together a pretty strong plan along with our coaching group, and we know we're going to have to restrict some of their strong ball movement and their ability to isolate some of their forwards one-on-one has been really strong.
"Jesse Hogan's been in some really form and their midfield bats really deep, so it's going to be a challenge."
Australian Associated Press
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