Essendon is hopeful its win over Collingwood won't come at a cost after Jake Stringer's late ankle injury on Friday night. 

The Bombers stunned the Pies with a 15-point win at the MCG, claiming their third win from four games in their interrupted campaign.


Stringer was a key player in the victory, bagging three important goals before he limped from the field in the dying moments with a right ankle issue. The Bombers' leading goalkicker of the past two seasons left the MCG on crutches after the game.

Coach John Worsfold said the Bombers would monitor the 26-year-old ahead of their trek to the Gold Coast hub next week. 

"I haven't really had a chance to look [at how he's going] yet other than knowing he's got a sore ankle," Worsfold said post-game.

"He was walking on it just then so that's a good sign but we have to now get it fully assessed."

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Rd 5 | Worsfold post-game

Senior coach John Worsfold spoke to the media after our round five win over Collingwood.

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Essendon hadn't beaten Collingwood since 2017 but managed to keep the premiership fancies goalless for the second and third quarters and limit their powerful midfield.    

After last week's one-point loss to Carlton, Essendon's forwards dialled up the pressure and tackle count to pounce on opportunities in the front half. 

"Last week was more of a one-off as opposed to a pattern that we've seen from our forwards so we worked through why we thought that might have been the case last week and there's always a balance with what you're trying to achieve overall," Worsfold said.

"They were outstanding tonight."

The Bombers are working through their plans for how many players they take to Gold Coast for the next month of games, with key forward Joe Daniher inching towards a return. Zach Merrett will return from suspension next week.