MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Joe Daniher of the Bombers looks on during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers at Ikon Park on February 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon spearhead Joe Daniher will miss the beginning of the season, after suffering a calf strain during a training drill earlier this week.

Daniher is set to miss at least the next month of football, with Essendon’s General manager of football Dan Richardson placing the forward’s recovery timeframe at 4-5 weeks.

“Joe was progressing strongly in his recovery from an unrelated injury, so this soft-tissue setback is clearly disappointing for both him and the club,” Richardson told

“However, Joe remains positive and is committed towards his rehabilitation program as he works towards a return to the senior side early in the upcoming home-and-away season.

“While disappointing, this injury provides an opportunity for another forward to step up in Joe’s absence and as a team, we remain focused on our preparation for next week’s season opener against Greater Western Sydney.”

Daniher played the first seven games of 2018, before injury ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign.