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Daniher suffers calf injury

BTV: Media Conference | Joe Daniher - March 15 Forward Joe Daniher spoke to the media at the MCG on March 15.

Essendon forward Joe Daniher will be sidelined with a calf strain prior to the commencement of the 2019 AFL season.

The 25-year-old suffered a kick to the calf in a training drill and looks set to miss between four to five weeks as he recovers.

General manager of football Dan Richardson said it was disappointing to rule out Daniher on the eve of the season.

“Joe was progressing strongly in his recovery from an unrelated injury, so this soft-tissue setback is clearly disappointing for both him and the club,” Richardson said. 

“However, Joe remains positive and is committed towards his rehabilitation program as he works towards a return to the senior side early in the upcoming home-and-away season. 

“While disappointing, this injury provides an opportunity for another forward to step up in Joe’s absence and as a team, we remain focused on our preparation for next week’s season opener against Greater Western Sydney.”