Jack Hayes could be back on the field as soon as this week, pending medical clearance.

The exciting 2022 SSP recruit has missed over 12 months with an ACL and foot injuries.

“As long as he gets through training this week, Jack should play,” Acting GM Footy David Misson said.

“He’s done the hard work and, whether it’s this week or next week, we’re looking forward to seeing that effort rewarded.”

In further positive news, draftee Angus McLennan and Hunter Clark are closing in on the end of their rehabilitation periods, with the pair hopeful of making themselves available as early as this week.

“We’ll just have to see how the week plays out with Hunter,” Misson said.

“It might be this week or he may need another week.

“He’s an important player and we won’t rush him back.

“As for Gus, he’s been patient and diligent in his rehabilitation and we look forward to seeing him get his opportunity at VFL level.”

Meanwhile, Bradley Hill and Seb Ross will both be sent for scans upon returning to Melbourne, after each receiving knee injuries in the Saints’ win against the Eagles.

The midfielders both played out the game, however lingering soreness will be further investigated.

“We don’t know the severity of Bradley and Seb’s injuries yet, so we’ll await the scan results before attempting to put a timeline on them,” Misson said.

Out of the VFL, both Jack Bytel and Dan McKenzie will be assessed for new injuries.

It is believed McKenzie has received a new calf strain, while Bytel may miss time with an abdominal complaint.  

“Similarly to Bradley and Seb, we’ll wait for the boys’ scans to come back before looking at a return to play date for Dan and Jack.”

Injury list

Josh Battle Concussion TBC
Jack Bytel Abdomen TBC
Bradley Hill Knee TBC
Daniel McKenzie Calf TBC
Seb Ross Knee TBC
Hunter Clark Knee Test
Jack Hayes Foot Test
Angus McLennan Back Test
Matthew Allison Foot 2-3 weeks
Nick Coffield Calf 2-3 weeks
Tim Membrey Knee 4-5 weeks
Updated: Monday, 3 July