MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - APRIL 29: Joe Daniher of the Bombers reacts at an umpiring decision during the round 6 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on April 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

A groin injury sustained during the pre-season for Essendon forward Joe Daniher could be the catalyst for his poor start to 2018, as the Bombers decide the best course of action for him.

The 24-year-old has struggled in the forward line this season while playing through soreness, converting just eight goals in seven matches.

And we could see him on the sidelines for up to four weeks, according to Bombers legend Matthew Lloyd.

Essendon assistant coach Mark Harvey told SEN Breakfast that the club will have a meeting today to determine the path going forward for Daniher and whether rest is the best option.

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“He (Daniher) did have some tests yesterday afternoon, I’m not privy to those results yet, but Matthew might have some information,” Harvey said on SEN Breakfast.

“There will be an ongoing discussion about Joe and where he is at today.”

Harvey revealed that playing through soreness could be the reason why Daniher has struggled to start the season and perhaps it is not being managed as well as it should be.

“I think it has been catching up on him … over the preseason, he had a groin issue, so we managed his preseason,” Harvey said.

“He got that right and strengthened the area around that, but I just think with the dynamics of playing since Round 1, it might be concerning him a little bit more than what it was.”

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“We will have a discussion today and work out where Joe goes from here.”