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Essendon is only concerned about getting veteran Michael Hurley back to health after the full effects of the infection he was battling were evident when he showed up at the border early in the bombers’ second quarter Practice game against Carlton

The 30-year-old looked gaunt and pale as he shuffled around the border on crutches flanked by social workers after spending long hours in the hospital trying to overcome a nasty infection that resulted in hip replacement surgery his bloodstream got

He was hugged by teammates when they saw him for the first time in a month, with the key player still on antibiotics to treat the disease

Bomberâ ???? Assistant manager Blake Caracella said after the game that Hurley’s presence gave his teammates a boost as they battled the Blues, who saw the better team after the break when they scored six goals to open a match in the third quarter Win lead eventually win 1411 (95) to Essendon 118 (74)

â ???? He’s had a rough couple of weeks. It’s not a great thing to be in the hospital and have an infection.We don’t really know when he will be back, but it’s good to see him out of the hospital and be with the guys again Said Caracella

Hurley was set to play forward in 2021 and while there is a chance he may return in the first half of the season, young striker Lachlan Jones took his chance in attack alongside veteran Cale Hooker while James Stewart and Jordan Ridley held down key posts

Caracella was impressed with Jones and the performance of recruit Jye Caldwell, who was the bomber Top center-back when attempting to fight star Blue Sam Walsh with Carlton winning the midfield fight overall

Alec Waterman put his case on Essendon’s list through the preseason supplementary listing period with a performance of four goals for the Bombers against Carlton in a preseason hit at Ikon Park Thursday

Three of Waterman’s goals came in the final quarter when a formidable Carlton won the match

Defenseman Aaron Francis suffered an ankle rupture but otherwise the bombers came through unscathed as Nik Cox pushed his case for a first-round debut in a formidable game as the young Essendon team bled six new players, including one energetic Archie Perkins

Caracella said Jake Stringer was three or four weeks away while battling an Achilles injury, while Andrew McGrath will be available as he was out with a concussion, while David Zaharakis is not expected to be on the community series next week play against Geelong

Carlton’s high profile recruits Zac Williams and Adam Saad were among the blues ???? best after a bad start by both teams Williams will add some zips around the packs and have the ability to push forward while Saad is sure to benefit from the new man on the brand rule

Bluesâ ???? Defensive coach Dale Amos said the new rule should pass Carlton as they wanted to get the ball out of defense quickly, with Saad and Sam Docherty both rebounding defenders

???? We’re excited, the players and the referees are adjusting to the fact that it’s a new rule and there’s a new decision, but it’s quick and we like it Said Amos

All eyes were on the Carlton striker line, Charlie Curnow, Mitch McGovern and Eddie Betts were all injured and the great striker Harry McKay sent a shock through the camp when he hobbled over what Amos said in the last quarter Ankle

The Blues turned several players through the forward line, with midfield bull Patrick Cripps scoring a strong mark in the goal square late in the game, while Paddy Dow was impressive within 50 and in the middle, while Ruckman Marc Pittonet even screamering in front of goal in the second half

The Blues are very keen for Zac Fisher to settle within 50 He has scored three goals vigorously and made room with his side stride while Marc Murphy probably also plays as a high-half striker

â ???? Murph really made it his business to play a slightly different role at times that doesn’t mean he won’t be in midfield, but he and Zac Fisher are two who really excelled as guys who have been one in the past played bit in midfield and really decided to play a different role for the team, ???? Said Amos

“They are top-notch players who give us a bit of shine in the first place,” Amos said

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter for The Age who covers AFL, horse racing and other sports

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