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Lewis ban adds to Hawks' player woes

Sam Lienert 27/06/2011 07:40:26 PM Comments (0)

Injury-depleted Hawthorn's chances of upsetting Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday have taken another hit, with midfielder Jordan Lewis facing suspension over a head-butting charge.

The Hawks had already lost another tough on-baller Brad Sewell (knee) and classy forward Cyril Rioli (hamstring) after Friday night's AFL win over Essendon.

Lewis can accept a one-match ban after being charged with head-butting Bombers' forward Angus Monfries.

The third-placed Hawks will regain star forward Lance Franklin from suspension for the bumper clash with the second-placed Magpies.

Collingwood will be without midfielder-forward Alan Didak, who is set to miss one or two games with a calf injury, but they could regain ruckman Darren Jolly, who made a strong VFL return from a knee injury on the weekend.

West Coast big man Quinten Lynch is the other player facing suspension from the weekend's games.

Lynch has being charged over two separate incidents during Sunday's win over Carlton - rough conduct in the third quarter and striking in the fourth - with Blues' midfielder Marc Murphy the alleged victim both times.

The combined demerit points for the offences mean that if Lynch pleads guilty to both, he will serve a two-match suspension, even though separately, one is worth a one-game ban and the other a reprimand.

If he fights the charges and is found guilty of both, he will miss three games.

The Western Bulldogs' Daniel Cross (rough conduct), West Coast's Will Schofield (tripping) and Carlton's Bret Thornton (misconduct) can all accept reprimands.

Gold Coast star Gary Ablett, Bulldog Liam Picken and Essendon's David Zaharakis face $900 fines for making contact with umpires.

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