Gun Hawthorn winger Harry Morrison has been taken to hospital after an ugly injury at a pre-season training session.
About halfway through a bruising session on Thursday, Morrison left the field with a towel over his face as blood streamed out of his mouth.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Harry Morrison leaves training after heavy knock to mouth.
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The promising 25-year-old copped a stray elbow to his face during contact drills and there were concerns about his teeth and lips.
With the towel soaked in blood, Morrison was taken to hospital under the supervision of Hawthorn doctor Liam West.
7NEWS AFL reporter Mitch Cleary says Morrison will likely need surgery.
Harry Morrison leaves the field after a copping a knock to the mouth during contact drills. Credit: Seven
After playing 21 games last year, Morrison only managed 13 this year to take his career tally to 91.
Meanwhile, key forward Mitch Lewis and emerging superstar Changkuoth Jiath returned to full training after injuries ruined their 2023 season.
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Lewis — who missed a chunk of games at the start of the season because of a knee issue — is over his foot injury that forced him out the last two matches of the year.
Exciting defender Jiath is also back after battling calf and Achilles injuries in 2023.
The 24-year-old is planning to head to Qatar in January to spend time at sports medicine practice Aspetar to make sure his injury troubles are well and truly behind him.
Back after a one-year stint with Brisbane, veteran forward Jack Gunston continues to train away from the main group, and he has been joined by fellow premiership hero Luke Breust.
Recruit Mabior Chol suffered a PCL injury when playing for Gold Coast in the VFL grand final and is also not quite ready for full training.
Hawthorn are hoping to climb up the ladder next year following a slow decline under master coach Alastair Clarkson.
They have not appeared in the finals since 2018 and in 2022 they began a hard rebuild under new coach and club icon Sam Mitchell.
After finishing sixth bottom in 2022 they were third last at the end of 2023, but showed encouraging signs, including a shock win over reigning premier Collingwood in Round 21.