Shem Shelved for 2014

Friday, August 01 2014 @ 10:25 am ACST

Contributed by: Rod Shaw

NZ’s Shem Tatupu, one of Hawthorn’s International Rookies, will miss the remainder of the season with stress fractures in his foot.

General Manager – Football Operations Chris Fagan confirmed the the key forward/ruckman prospect felt soreness in his foot at a training session a few weeks ago.

Tatupu was sent for scans, which revealed stress fractures that will force him onto the sidelines for the rest of the season.

“We had some X-rays and scans on that that turned out to be stress fractures, which have required surgery,” Fagan said.

“That means, unfortunately that he’ll be out for the rest of the season.”

It is the same injury in which the Kiwi suffered last year that saw him spend most of the pre-season in rehab.

Fagan said it was disappointing for the 18 year old to have to spend more time out of the game he’s still learning.

For now, Tatupu will be spending time with the coaches to continue to learn and develop his AFL skills.

“Hopefully he’ll make the most of this time and when he returns next year, he can have a real impact.”

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