McGrath blow continues Bombers’ cruel luck

An injury-hit Essendon side has been dealt another blow with former No.1 pick Andrew McGrath likely to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

McGrath was substituted off in the first quarter of the Dreamtime clash against Richmond, with scans confirming a grade two PCL injury, which will rule him out for eight to 12 weeks.

The loss of McGrath is a cruel blow to a surging Essendon side that has been one of the feel-good stories of the 2021 season, with Ben Rutten’s side currently ninth on the ladder.

In the absence of star midfielder Dylan Shiel, McGrath has combined to great effect with the duo of Darcy Parish and Zach Merrett in Essendon’s engine room.

“We are really disappointed for Andy who was putting together a consistent season to date as part of our midfield group,” Essendon GM of football Josh Mahoney said in a club statement..

“Andy is a true professional who will be very driven to see a return to play as soon as possible. We know he will attack his rehabilitation program and continue to contribute to the team while not playing.”

McGrath has averaged 24.2 disposals per game through 12 matches this season, with his 4.8 tackles per game an equal career-high mark.

Essendon enjoys a bye in Round 13, before facing Hawthorn for the second time this season in Round 14.

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