HAWTHORN footballer Alex Woodward suffered his second serious knee injury during Hawks training last week.
The Noble Park resident and former Sandringham Dragons midfielder missed all of last season, his first in AFL football, after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an NAB Cup game last year and had a "traditional" knee reconstruction.
The 19 year old had returned to full training but tore the graft in his right knee during a skills session at the Hawks training base in Mulgrave.
He was due to consult specialists late last week to decide how best to repair his knee.
Hawks general manager
of football operations Mark Evans said Woodward was training exceptionally well and now faced a huge challenge to return to the top level.
"Alex approached his initial rehabilitation with absolute professionalism and enthusiasm and we expect he will take the same approach again this time."