Tom Hawkins takes a big leap over Bulldog Brian Lake. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
COLEMAN Medal race leader Tom Hawkins will miss Geelong’s match with Greater Western Sydney this weekend after having knee surgery.
Cats coach Chris Scott said the key forward had "minor" surgery on his right knee last Saturday after struggling with the joint for the past few weeks.
Scott said Hawkins could have pushed through the match against the Giants at Simonds Stadium this Saturday, but said the Cats win against Western Bulldogs last Friday night took its toll.
"It was always a case that something needed to be done at some stage and he was really labouring by the end of the game on the weekend, so the decision was made to get it fixed as soon as possible," Scott said.
"It's one of those things where you are confident once you have the procedure done he will be better really quickly. Maybe he could have pushed through a little bit but we would be just delaying the inevitable."
Scott was confident Hawkins could recover to return for the Cats clash with Carlton next week.
Hawkins has averaged 2.6 goals a game after nine rounds, placing him in the lead for the Coleman Medal, with a tally of 24 majors.
Scott said Daniel Menzel is expected to return to the Cats senior side in three weeks. The exciting young forward will play in the VFL this week, his first match after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the first round of finals last year.
"There was a school of thought that he could play AFL footy this week, such is his training level," Scott said.
"I wouldn’t be expecting him to play AFL footy before the bye. But post bye he would have had two full games and another solid week of training through the bye, so we wouldn’t think it would be out of the realms of possibility that he could come back into the AFL after that."