Mitchell ruled out of Hawks reunion
Sam Mitchell will miss a reunion with his former club Hawthorn on Sunday after failing a fitness test on his ankle.
The West Coast recruit twisted his ankle in the second quarter of last weekend's win over Sydney.
Mitchell had not trained all week, but hoped that he would be able to come through a fitness test on Thursday.
However, the 34-year-old soon realised he would not be in contention to face the Hawks, who he left in a shock trade last year.
"It's getting better by the day but it's not good enough for this week, unfortunately," said Mitchell, who had hoped a 10-day break between games would be enough to allow him to recover.
"It wasn't probably even good enough to be able to convince the doctors about whether or not I could play. I did a fitness test and got 10 per cent into it a realised it wasn't going to be good enough."
Though Hawthorn, who won three straight premierships between 2013-15 and were only denied the minor premiership last year on percentage, have lost their first four games they have an excellent record against West Coast.
Alastair Clarkson's side haven't lost at the MCG against the Eagles since 2006. They won both the 2015 Grand Final and last year's round two rematch at the venue by 46 points.
Mitchell, who won four flags with the Hawks, hopes to be fit for the Western Derby against Fremantle in round six.
He revealed he had been swimming, cycling and having ice baths in an effort to recover as quickly as possible.
Mitchell, who racked up 307 games with the Hawks, said he was pleased with the way he'd improved in the past few days.
"If I can have that same progression over the next few days I'll be fine for next week but I need to continue to improve," he added. "That's the on-going challenge of AFL footy."
West Coast are 9/20 to beat the Hawks, who are 37/20.
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