ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Conor McKenna of the Bombers runs with the ball during the 2019 AFL round 18 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers at Adelaide Oval on July 19, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Essendon defender Conor McKenna has suffered a broken finger and is expected to require surgery, according to AFL Media. 

McKenna took the field for the first time in 2020 on Saturday night in his side’s clash with North Melbourne following the drama of his initial positive COVID-19 test last month.

The 24-year-old is expected to go under the knife after scans on Sunday revealed a finger fracture.

The Bombers are hopeful McKenna will not be sidelined for a long period of time.

He showed he remains an important player for the Bombers, providing dash and flair across 18 disposals in their win against North Melbourne.

Essendon come up against the Western Bulldogs this Friday night at Metricon Stadium.