Injury news: McGrath available, trio return via VFL

Essendon will welcome Deputy Vice Captain Andrew McGrath for Friday night’s game with the Saints.

McGrath was a late pullout last week after sustaining an adductor strain in training during the Bombers’ farewell week.

Head of high performance Sean Murphy said the 24-year-old had successfully rehabilitated his tribe and will return for the round 14 match.

“He (McGrath) had that lower adductor injury and just couldn’t get up all the way for the game,” Murphy told Essendon FC’s Liberty financial performance update

“He will be available this weekend, it will be great to have him back on the team.”

midfielder Darcy Parish is in a similar position to what McGrath went through last week, racing against the clock to be fit for Friday night.

Parish was submerged with a corked calf, which is healing, but a decision to see if the 24-year-old is available is likely to come later in the week.

Darcy Parish tends to his corked calf after last week’s loss to the Blues. (Photo: AFL Photos)

“‘Darce’ had that calf cork, which he punched in the middle the very first time,” Murphy said.

“It only got worse and he was eliminated from the game.

“He was still in quite a bit of pain at the beginning of the week and it’s improving every day, so he’s still a test for this weekend.”

In great news, Will SnellingPatrick Voss and Kyle Langford will all be returning from injury through the VFL this weekend.

Murphy said Snelling and Voss will be playing limited game time, while Langford will be “unlimited”.

“‘Snell’ is on the back of his rehab block and now on the performance block,” Murphy said.

“He will really play a few game minutes this week. it will be a little limited, but it can be more than three quarters of a game. We are excited to see him there again this weekend.

“(Langford) finished his rehab block and completed a strong performance block last month, and we’ll see him play in the VFL this weekend and he’ll play unlimited minutes in that game, which is really exciting.

“‘Vossy’ is another one who has trained for a good month and we will see him on a limited number of minutes in the VFL this week.”

Kyle Langford will play his first game since going into the Bombers season opener. (Photo: AFL Photos)

veteran defender Michael Hurley is experiencing light at the end of his injury tunnel as he sees a return to the game in a few weeks, barring setbacks.

Murphy said Hurley will return to main practice in the next two weeks.

“For ‘Hurls,’ the hip is going really well and he had that calf problem that showed up not too long ago,” Murphy said.

“He’s just worked through that and he’ll reintegrate into his skills in the next week or two and then we hope we’ll see him play football in the next month or so.

“Really exciting news for ‘Hurls’ he has been incredible in his rehab and just kept going.”

After being unavailable due to injury last week, striker Devon Smith has undergone a successful cleanse of his right knee in a prearranged arthroscopy procedure.

Both Smith and the club have had the best treatment for his chronic knee problems. Due to some new symptoms, and in consultation with a specialist, it was considered appropriate to investigate further through arthroscopy he had earlier this week.

Smith will require a period of rehabilitation and return to play time frames will depend on how his knee recovers after the procedure.


Player Injury Duration
Darcy Parish Calf To test
Nik Cox Only Long-term
Michael Hurley Hip Indefinite
Devon Smith Knee TB
Updated June 15, 2022

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