Calf injury to rule out Daniher for at least five weeks

Essendon star forward Joe Daniher is set to be sidelined for at least five weeks after injuring his calf at training this week.

Daniher copped a kick to the calf at training.

Calf problem: Joe Daniher has had an injury setback.Credit:AAP

Essendon's 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.”

The 25-year-old had been on the comeback trail from osteitis pubis, which ruled him out for two-thirds of the 2018 season.

He last played in round seven last year.

Essendon open their season against GWS on March 24 in Sydney.

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