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Box Hill Hawks v Adelaide
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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/afl/story/0,26576,25145282-19742,...

HAWTHORN'S injury crisis has reached epic proportions, with the club including just one premiership player in the squad for its practice match against Adelaide tomorrow at Berri. The club's lengthy injury list, combined with the desire to rest several stars, means that only ruckman Brent Renouf will back up from last year's Grand Final.

The club will literally resemble VFL affiliate Box Hill, with seven non-AFL-listed players from the VFL side in the preliminary squad of 26 after the Hawks gained permission from the AFL and the Crows.

The Hawks have conceded they have an "extraordinary low level of player availability" and are almost certain to be under strength for Round 1 opponent Geelong.