MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Zach Merrett of the Bombers directs his teammates during the round 21 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon have decided against appealing star midfielder Zach Merrett’s one-match suspension, ruling him out of Friday night’s clash against Collingwood at the MCG, according to AFL Media. 

Merrett was banned for striking Carlton’s Jack Silvagni in Saturday night’s clash.

The incident left the Blues forward with a bruised lung and fractured rib and ruled him out for the rest of the contest. He spent Saturday night in hospital.

MRO Michael Christian deemed the act as careless conduct and high impact following Carlton’s medical report on Silvagni.

Merrett will be free to return for his side’s Round 6 clash against the Western Bulldogs.