Worsfold said Daniher’s calf injury was not a ruse despite former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt questioning how such an injury might have occurred last week.
He said the Bombers didn’t play such games. But Worsfold said Daniher may have been mistaken in how the injury occurred, as the sensation of straining his calf could have been similar to that of copping a kick to the leg during training.
Worsfold reassurred fans that Daniher would have a long career with Essendon and although they would not rush him back he expected he would return, as predicted, in about the first six rounds.
Essendon lost both their pre-season games but Worsfold said the team had worked hard to remove the chinks that appeared in those games.
“I believe the players … were more focused on trying to fulfil the new style of play that we have been implementing and weren’t just playing. That’s an easy fix,” Worsfold said.
Expectations are high that Essendon will make finals this season after adding Dylan Shiel to a list that already contains talented footballers such as Jake Stringer, Devon Smith, Adam Saad, Zach Merrett, Andrew McGrath and Dyson Heppell.
“Definitely we’re aiming to well and truly improve on last year’s ladder finish and play some really good consistent footy,” Worsfold said.