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Bomber blow with young gun likely to miss rest of the season


Essendon young gun Andrew McGrath is likely to miss the remainder of the 2020 season with what appears to be a lower level syndesmosis injury.

McGrath sustained the injury just before half-time during Tuesday night’s loss to West Coast and ended the match on crutches with ice strapped to his ankle.

The former No.1 draft pick is having an outstanding year through the midfield, averaging 22 disposals and just under five clearances and tackles per match which are career-best numbers.

Essendon GM of Football Dan Richardson provided an update on the emerging Bombers star.

“It looks like a lower level syndesmosis injury,” Richardson told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“We’re not sure yet whether he will require surgery, we’re waiting for some opinions on that.

“Hopefully he’ll escape without having had surgery but it’s likely to mean (he’ll miss) the rest of this season.

“I guess the positive is it’ll mean he’ll be right to go for the start of next season.

“He’s had a terrific season and is becoming a terrific young player for us.”

The 15-point loss to the Eagles dented Essendon's finals hopes with games against Geelong, Port Adelaide and Melbourne to come.


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