Hawthorn’s Lewis to miss AFL season start

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Hawthorn spearhead Mitch Lewis will miss the start of the AFL season due to a knee injury.

Lewis, who emerged as one of the AFL’s best forwards in a breakaway season last year, has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament sprain in one knee in training.

An early prognosis suggests the 24-year-old won’t need surgery, but a timeline for his return is unknown, Hawthorn’s chief physician Liam West says.

“He will definitely spend some time on the sidelines and at this stage we expect him to miss the first round,” West said in a statement Thursday.

Lewis scored 37 goals from 15 games last year, but has been sidelined in the last three games due to a shock to the same knee that he re-injured.

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