Player Watch #26: Cale Hooker

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Think he's possibly our most important player, structure wise. I think of him as the keystone (look it up if unfamiliar) to our team and without him our structure falls apart.

I'm expecting (hoping for) a big improvement when he returns. It's just a shame one player alone is so pivotal to our chances of playing like an AFL standard side...
 

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Now the official line from the injury report;

The club has decided to take a patient approach with important key-position Bomber Cale Hooker, who will be given another week of training to prime himself to return from the sidelines.

“Cale trained today and looked pretty sharp, to be fair, but we’ve decided following that session we’re going to give him another week of training before making him available to play.

“If he had played this Sunday in the VFL he’d be five and a half weeks after that calf strain and Cale’s going to take an extra week to keep building his football training ahead of playing.
https://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2019-04-02/begley-set-to-return

So another week with no Chook. There's a joke in here somewhere about chicken dinners and cooked chooks idk
 

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Do we consider playing him forward again with Daniher out? Slide Mckernan to second ruck and Clarke out of the side?

I really like what Ambrose brings to our defence
 

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Looks like he'll be back in the side this week.

Experienced Bomber Cale Hooker is on track to be available for selection to take on Brisbane this week after overcoming a calf injury.

Physical performance manager Justin Crow said Hooker has so far done all that’s been asked of him ahead of the side’s clash with the Lions at the MCG on Saturday.

“Cale trained well last week and also he’s performed well on the track this week,” Crow said on the SKINS Injury Update on Tuesday.

“We have main training tomorrow and he’ll be out there putting his hand up for selection.”
https://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2019-04-09/hooker-poised-for-return
 

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Hooker back for sure. Hurley to Hipwood (our best option, but geez..), Hooker to McInerney / McStay.
Shame Z Clarke can't defend (or play) as his height would be useful back there this week.

I think it will be Stewart forward (and Clarke out).

Francis may swing depending on how it rolls out. Hooker's intercept marking helps cover what Francis adds to the back 6.

I look at the teams and think man we are going to have to play well to get the points. Brisbane have a lot of weapons suddenly. It's like their young guns have all grown up at once.

EDIT damn, Stewart is injured. Sorry, missed that. So.... ummmmm. Welcome back Mitchy B.
 
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