Heath Hocking will miss six to seven weeks of pre-season after it was decided he would go under the knife.
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Essendon midfielder Heath Hocking will undergo groin surgery and miss six weeks of pre-season, according to reports.
According to AFL.com.au, Hocking will go under the knife on Friday.
The 26-year-old played through groin soreness in 2014, but was still named the club’s best player of the season.
It was hoped Hocking’s injury would heal over the end-of-season break, however it returned during his return to pre-season training.
Essendon high performance manager Neil Craig confirmed to AFL.com.au that the club hoped to have Hocking back in training by the end of January with a view to have him available for round one.