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Daniher poised to come straight back

A free agent at season’s end, Daniher’s performances over the final few weeks of the season will shape his value, should he either choose to remain at Essendon or seek a move to another club, just as he did last year when he tried to get traded to Sydney.

The Bombers will also be able to call on Conor McKenna and Cale Hooker who have recovered from injury.

Joe Daniher at training on Tuesday.

Joe Daniher at training on Tuesday.Credit:Getty Images

“Cale’s tracking very well. He had a solid hit-out on the weekend, trained fully with the group today, pulled up well and will be available to play against Hawthorn,” head of medical services David Rundle said on the club’s website on Tuesday.

“Conor injured his hip against St Kilda. He strained the tensor fascia latae muscle just on the side of the pelvis. He wasn’t able to run last week, but he’s pulled up well this week, trained with the group today and is available to play.”

The Hawks will remain without Jaeger O’Meara and Isaac Smith.

“Jaeger had that hand operated on last week after fracturing it against West Coast Eagles,” the club said on its website.

“Unfortunately the swelling and the wound isn’t quite ready for him to play this week, but we’re hoping in the next one to two weeks he’ll be available to play.

“With these quick turnarounds and five-day breaks, it’s a little bit harder to get up for the next game, so we’ll wait and see how he settles.”

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