Essendon coach Brad Scott says he’ll proceed to take a “flat no” method with Sam Draper till the ruckman has totally recovered from his hip niggle.
Draper missed Saturday evening’s 32-point loss to Fremantle in Perth with the damage, and he is no assure to return for subsequent week’s conflict with Port Adelaide on the MCG.
In Draper’s absence, Andrew Phillips and Nick Bryan battled manfully in opposition to Sean Darcy within the ruck, however the Dockers ended up scoring eight targets from stoppages in what proved to be the essential side of the sport.
A completely match Draper could be a vital enhance to Essendon’s finals hopes, however Scott is not going to hurry the 24-year-old again till he is prepared.
“It is a actually arduous one as a result of we do not have a timeframe on it,” Scott mentioned.
“It is not long run. It is largely me on this one, as a result of it isn’t like he could not play.
“However he’d be combating it. And at spherical 15, are we simply going to have him steadily kind of fall off the cliff slowly over the course of the 12 months?
“The medical workers mentioned, ‘look, we are able to push him and he can play’.
“And I am saying, ‘we’re not doing that’.
“So we simply wish to get him proper. And if that takes one week, implausible. If it takes longer than that, we’ll simply assess it week by week.”
When requested if Draper would miss the Port conflict, Scott replied: “These items can flip round actually rapidly. So I am simply guided by the medical workers.
“However what I will not put up with is, ‘look, he can get on the market however he will not be at his greatest’.
“It is only a flat no, and that is been our philosophy all 12 months.”
Defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher can be doubtful to face the Energy after struggling adductor tightness in opposition to Fremantle.
Zerk-Thatcher was left dazed within the third quarter after being by accident cleaned up by a teammate, however it was solely when he returned within the last time period that his adductor flared.
Saturday’s 14.9 (93) to 9.7 (61) defeat to Fremantle snapped Essendon’s four-match successful run and denied the Bombers (8-6) the possibility to leap to equal fourth.
Essendon’s loss meant that groups coming off the bye this season have now compiled a collective 1-8 file of their first recreation again.
Solely St Kilda have posted a win straight after a bye to this point this season, and that got here in opposition to a Sydney outfit who additionally had a bye the earlier week.
“You suppose you’d have the bodily preparation however there’s one thing to be mentioned for continuity,” Scott replied when requested about groups struggling after the bye.
“And, , there’s additionally one thing to be mentioned for randomness.
“If you would like bizarre, I imply how does a workforce that is fifteenth on the ladder (Sydney) kick over 200 factors in a recreation?”
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