Exciting forward Orazio Fantasia has suffered a minor setback to his pre-season after injuring his finger in a training drill.
Essendon Physical Performance Manager Justin Crow said the unfortunate injury occurred in an innocuous incident at The Hangar this week, but initial signs suggest it will not prove to be a significant hurdle for the star Bomber.
It was like 6 weeks or something, he played the first NAB cup, was put on the LTI list so we could upgrade McKernan with Leuey and Bellchambers both unavailable in the first two rounds, and then got caught wanting him to play and him being fit but he was stuck on the LTI list for the whole 8 weeks. If I remember right anyway.
Can’t tackle or do contact stuff in case it gets worse, so can’t play in games or do full training, but obviously can do everything else...
Fantasia might just be our most important player. When he's fit and firing the connection between forward and midfield is miles better. He's the one that can really gain separation from his opponents on the lead over and over. Plus his football IQ is really high and he makes quick and smart decisions with the ball. As much as I love Tippa, he can't deal with the oppositions best small defender as well as Fantasia.
If he can get over the niggly injuries that plagued him last year our forward line could go onto become the best in the league next year (with the addition of a fit Daniher).