Bombers still weighing up forward formation

Essendon are keeping their cards close to their chest on the most likely replacement for injured small forward Mitch Brown.

Despite a sizzling return to footy for star forward Joe Daniher, they can’t turn to James Stewart (groin trouble) or Jayden Laverde (hamstring) to support him in the forward 50 for Sunday’s match against Geelong at the MCG.

Mitch Brown has joined the Bombers’ list of injured forwards.Credit:AAP

Essendon coach John Worsfold said they are weighing up a recall for back-up ruckmen Zac Clarke and Sam Draper, while Aaron Francis – who has been playing behind the ball – might be pushed forward.

They are also closely monitoring Devon Smith (knee), who aggravated his injury in the narrow Anzac Day loss to Collingwood, but scans revealed no tear or new injury.


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