McGrath injury ‘looks bad’ as Worsfold flattened by loss

Brisbane: Essendon coach John Worsfold says it is cold comfort that the Bombers produced some of their best football for 2020 in the 15-point loss to West Coast at the Gabba on Tuesday night.

The Bombers were all over the Eagles for most of the evening but failed to cash in on their statistical superiority with wayward goalkicking costing them dearly.

Essendon’s James Stewart comes under pressure from West Coast’s Dom Sheed.Credit:Getty Images

“We’ve got to make sure we take the opportunities that we create. We created a lot of them tonight but weren’t good enough to finish.’’

Worsfold said the ankle injury to Andrew McGrath “looks bad” while returning skipper Dyson Heppell and Joe Daniher pulled up well.

Ankle: Andrew McGrath.Credit:Getty Images

“We won’t guess at the diagnosis but it’s a high ankle sprain [for McGrath] which often end up being those syndesmosis injuries,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, West Coach coach Adam Simpson defended the decision to send captain Luke Shuey back into the action in the fourth quarter after a right hamstring issue appeared to end his night at the last break.

Shuey damaged the same hamstring in the round five win over Sydney and received medical attention at the start of the fourth term, with his night seemingly over.

But with the fast-finishing Bombers closing on the Eagles, Shuey was put back in the game with his hamstring at “80 per cent” before hobbling back to the bench. “Regardless [of whether he returned to the field or not] it was going to be a couple of weeks. He started [the fourth quarter] on the bench, he came out and ran around but he didn’t do any more damage, I don’t think,’’ Simpson said.

“He’s probably going to miss a couple of weeks so that probably takes us to the end of the [home-and-away] season. It’s just the way it is.

“It was one of those … ‘I can go at 80 per cent’. That was enough for us. It got pretty tight there.’’

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