Star midfielder Darcy Parish will be available for selection ahead of the Bombers’ clash with Sydney at the MCG on Saturday, after overcoming a badly corked calf.

With Parish available, the Bombers will take a conservative approach with Andrew McGrath's rehabilitation process following the 24-year-old’s recovery from an adductor strain.

Head of high performance Sean Murphy told Essendon FC's Liberty Financial Performance Update Parish was ready to go.

“'Darce' was really close to actually playing in that game (against West Coast), but he just didn’t quite get there,” Murphy said.

“He’s 100 per cent now and will train fully this week to be available for selection this weekend.”

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“Andy is going really well too, it (injury) settled quickly. He has since got some good volume in – running wise – and he’ll start to introduce some offline work this week. He will miss this weekend, but we expect him to be available the following week against Brisbane.”

Meanwhile, Tex Wanganeen has undergone successful surgery after battling ankle/ foot soreness, but has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

“Tex has been battling some ankle/foot soreness. We’ve been working through what that looks like for him and we decided the best course of action was surgery,” Murphy said.

“He’ll now go through that rehab process and we won’t see him for the rest of the season and the plan will be to build him back up again and by the end of the season, he should be up and running again in time for a full pre-season campaign.”   

During the VFL Bombers’ impressive weekend win against Williamstown, Tom Cutler was a second-quarter casualty suffering a quad strain.

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“Unfortunately ‘Cuts’ injured that quad in the second quarter of the VFL game. It’s a standard injury, so we’ll probably see him out anywhere around the four week mark,” Murphy said.

“It’s settled well and he actually ran (today) but we’ll just build him up over the rehab process now.”

The Bombers won’t put a timeline on defender James Stewart’s return to play, with the 28-year-old managing a plantar fascia injury.

“'Stuz’ (Stewart) is settling well with that plantar fascia injury, but still working through what it looks like in terms of the games he will miss. Once he’s up and running, we’ll be in a better position to map that out but all things are looking good in the backend of this week to get him going again.”

Player Injury Duration
Tom Cutler Quad Short term
Andrew McGrath Adductor Short term
James Stewart Foot Short term
Michael Hurley Hip Short term
Nik Cox Ankle Long term
Devon Smith Knee Long term
Tex Wanganeen  Foot  Season
Updated June 30, 2022