Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell has returned to the club after his nightmare family holiday that included his passport being stolen.
Mitchell touched down in Melbourne on Friday morning to continue his recovery from a bad bout of pneumonia that saw him spend seven nights in hospital either side of Christmas Day.
He will make a staggered return to coaching, but was at Waverley Park on Monday morning and kept an eye on training from a distance.
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It comes as fresh details emerged of an entirely different problem he and his family encountered while on holiday.
Mitchell, his wife Lyndall and three children, were nearly stranded in Los Angeles after their passports were stolen from their hire car on the day of their return flight.
Sam Mitchell and his family had a nightmare holiday. Credit: AAP
Electronics were also among the items taken, according to News Corp.
Luckily, the LAPD were able to recover the missing items with enough time for the family to make their flight home.
Mitchell spoke to 7NEWS Melbourne’s Theo Doropoulos on Friday morning.
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“Feeling OK. Feeling better. It’s a long flight so you’re not getting me at my best, but I’m recovering, feeling better,” Mitchell told 7NEWS.
The 41-year-old wouldn’t be drawn on the specific details of his sickness, or the true severity of it, but said it was a tough time.
“The story will come out in due course, (I’m) probably not ready to quite talk about it yet but it was a few rough days,” Mitchell added
“Spent a few days in hospital. My wife was juggling three kids in a hotel in a foreign city and me being in hospital. I think it was seven nights in the end.”
Mitchell praised the care at New York University Hospital as first class.
“A lot of really good people helped,” the four-time Hawthorn premiership player said.
“The medical system was fantastic over there and I’m fortunate to be home and pleased to be home.”
Despite being physically incapacitated and stuck on another continent in a completely different time zone, Mitchell has been kept abreast of his club’s return to pre-season, which went ahead without him last week.
“I feel pretty good. I mean, just got off a flight, so not great, but I’ll start to recover now and see how I come down after this flight, and make sure I’m feeling OK, and get back and get back to work eventually, but no rush,” he said
“I’m really happy with how the boys have come back, I’ve obviously been getting regular reports.”