Defender Brent Guerra hopes to be running again early next week as he desperately tries to return to Hawthorn's side for the AFL finals series.
Guerra was on crutches after suffering a serious hamstring injury late in last Friday night's win over West Coast.
There was significant internal bleeding around the muscle tear and while the Hawks are the premiership favourites, the chances of Guerra returning for the grand final appear slim.
He is undergoing daily treatment, including acupuncture.
While Guerra will make every effort to prove his fitness, he is realistic about his chances.
He has a slim chance of returning if the Hawks make the September 29 grand final.
"If it comes to the point where we do make a grand final and I can get through a week of training, I will be putting my hand up," he told Channel Ten.
"If I'm not 100 per cent, I will be honest with the coaches because it is a big game and we're here to win premierships.
But Guerra's run of bad luck of late appears to have changed.
Apart from being off his crutches, Guerra has also reclaimed the 2008 AFL premiership medallion that was stolen from his home early last week.
Fellow backman Josh Gibson said they would be able to cover his absence.
"Obviously it's disappointing for `Gu' to go down, one of our senior players down there," Gibson said.
"But if you look at our VFL side this year, we've had a lot of defenders who've been playing good footy and missing out.
"There are definitely blokes waiting to come in and it probably just means the guys in the side are going to have to take a little bit more leadership."
The Hawks' defence used to be seen as their biggest weakness, but they have developed a strong system and rebound extremely well with their run and accurate long kicking.
"Probably the greatest thing of late is we've really been able to play games together," Gibson said.
"I know since I came to the club, I've was injured, then (Stephen) Gilham was injured, (Ben) Stratton and obviously `Schoey' (Ryan Schoenmakers) was quite young then.
"The way we play now, we're really predictable to one another and understand game styles.
"People have always said we're not the tallest defence, but we find if we can bring the ball to ground, we have some fantastic kicks."
Gibson will undoubtedly spend some time trying to stop Collingwood key forward Travis Cloke in Friday's blockbuster qualifying final at the MCG.
Cloke returned to form last weekend with 16 marks and five goals against Essendon.
"You always look at the blokes you're going to be playing on - it's only natural," Gibson said.
"Yeah, I had a little look, saw he played a nice game and I just make sure I'm on.
"They're the battles you want on footy."