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Langford bomber faces lengthy injury layoff | Blue Mountains Gazette

Essendon’s first-round punch was made worse by confirmation that utility Kyle Langford will miss between eight and 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Langford suffered the injury as he led by a mark in the first quarter of Saturday’s 66-point loss to Geelong.

The versatile striker/midfielder has developed into a key player in 99 games but a injury to the same hamstring that saw him miss the Essendon final in 2021 could require surgery.

“Unfortunately for Kyle, the strain is on the same side as his previous injury so we will be taking a conservative approach with his rehabilitation,” said Essendon football boss Josh Mahoney.

“Kyle is likely to be sidelined for approximately eight to ten weeks, but we will be seeing a surgeon in the coming week to assess all recovery options.

“We are disappointed for Kyle who had completed a strong pre-season, but we look forward to welcoming him back to the fold mid-season.”

Meanwhile, Essendon said small forward Will Snelling will be sidelined for “a few” weeks with a calf sprain suffered before the first round.

Harrison Jones is still sidelined but Essendon expect to get some much-needed reinforcements when they attack Brisbane on Sunday.

The Bombers are expected to welcome back star forward Jake Stringer, who missed the first round but is no longer on the club’s injured list.

Aaron Francis (knee) is also in contention after coming through a VFL practice game.

Australian Associated Press