Essendon has confirmed that Joe Daniher will miss the remainder of the season.
The key forward has experienced “a relapse in groin soreness” and is likely to be sent for surgery.
The club has been monitoring Daniher’s progress and opted to put him on the shelf for the rest of 2019.
“Joe has experienced a return in symptoms over recent weeks, including some loss of power and strength in his groin area,” General Manager of Football Dan Richardson said.
“Last year, Joe went through a conservative strength and rehabilitation program, which included rest, and given the nature of this injury, we needed to explore a number of injury management options.
“After thorough consultation, it has been determined that the most likely course of action now is to treat the osteitis pubis injury through surgery, which will be confirmed following further specialist consultation later next week.
“While it’s incredibly disappointing to lose a player of Joe’s calibre for the remainder of the season, the decision was made with the long-term health and welfare of Joe as the utmost priority.”
Daniher, 25, was restricted to just seven games in 2018 and has played only four times this year.