“There is never a good time to get injured but it is a great chance for me to work on what I need to work on to become the player I want to become,” Daniher said.
Daniher said he was feeling good after each of his JLT Community Series games and he was enjoying being back inside the Bombers’ forward 50 as he made a comeback from osteitis pubis, which ruled him out after round seven last year.
“The body was feeling really good and I was pulling up really well. This is a little bit annoying that it is come now because I would have loved to be out there in round one with my teammates and playing for the football club but it is what it is,” Daniher said.
“I will just come up with the best plan now [focusing on] my groin strength, my calf and my football development and hopefully come back a better player,” Daniher said.
Essendon’s general manager of football Dan Richardson said it was disappointing to rule out Daniher on the eve of the season.
“Joe was progressing strongly in his recovery from an unrelated injury, so this soft-tissue setback is clearly disappointing for both him and the club,” Richardson said.
“However, Joe remains positive and is committed towards his rehabilitation program as he works towards a return to the senior side early in the upcoming home-and-away season.
“While disappointing, this injury provides an opportunity for another forward to step up in Joe’s absence and as a team, we remain focused on our preparation for next week’s season opener against Greater Western Sydney.”
Daniher won Essendon’s best and fairest in 2017 when he kicked 65 goals however he has only played seven games since that win.
Essendon open their season against the Giants on March 24 in Sydney.