FITNESS RACE: Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis ices his leg after being subbed out of Saturday’s preliminary final.
FITNESS RACE: Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis ices his leg after being subbed out of Saturday’s preliminary final. QUINN ROONEYGETTY IMAGES

Broken beak won’t stop Hawk

JORDAN Lewis and Cyril Rioli aren't the only Hawthorn players battling injuries ahead of Saturday's grand final against Sydney.

Fellow midfielder Liam Shiels had his nose broken by the stray boot of skipper Luke Hodge during the final quarter of the preliminary final against Port Adelaide, but is a certain starter in the grand final.

The 23-year-old, set to play in his third grand final in three years, said neither the players nor coaching staff were concerned about who would take the field on Saturday.

Shiels said he believed the club had more depth than last season, despite the loss of superstar forward Buddy Franklin, defender Brent Guerra and ruckman Max Bailey from last year's premiership team.

Sam Reid is the only player under an injury cloud for the Swans. He suffered a jarred knee in the preliminary final against North Melbourne, but is expected to train this week and be available for selection.

Sydney will have 16 players from the team that beat Hawthorn in the 2012 grand final in Saturday's line-up.


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