Hogan joins Giants' long AFL injury list

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GWS's injury crisis has gone from bad to worse after scans revealed prized recruit Jesse Hogan will miss the next four to six rounds of the AFL season.

The Giants sit ninth on the ladder but their finals hopes threaten to be extinguished because of a stack of injuries to key personnel.

Coach Leon Cameron expressed confidence ahead of Thursday's training session that injury-plagued Hogan would back up for Sunday's clash with West Coast at Giants Stadium.

But the key forward, who made a belated start to the season in round seven because of a quad issue then skipped round eight because of a tight calf, tweaked his calf during the closed session.

"We obviously feel for Jesse, who's been good for us in the two games he's played but hasn't been able to get a clear run at it," Cameron said.

"He pulled up sore from training.

"Upon further investigation on Friday we received some bad news."

Enforced omissions Hogan, who booted four goals against Richmond, and Toby Greene, who struck career-best form as stand-in skipper, will be sorely missed in the Giants' forward line.

"This creates another opportunity for Zach Sproule, who's been able to hit the scoreboard and connect well with our forwards and mids in his two games so far this year," Cameron said.

Key forward Jeremy Finlayson will also return, having served a one-game suspension.

Greene, having fractured his shoulder in the loss to the Tigers, will be out of action for at least a month.

Key players Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis, Matt de Boer, Braydon Preuss and Brent Daniels are also on the sidelines.

Hogan's worrying setback comes after he left Fremantle following two injury-marred seasons.

Nick Haynes and Sam Reid will at least return from injury for the expansion club this weekend, bolstering their defence for a crucial clash with the Eagles.

"Everyone's missing lots. That's the one negative we can all agree on, there's some real talent not playing," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.

"We've still got some A-graders out, as have the Giants."