Brad Scott spoke to media on Wednesday, saying that he is happy with the lessons the team has been taught.
"We've had really good opponents the last five or six weeks at least," Scott said.
"Reality is, every game is a tough game for us."
"Hopefully some people are putting up their hands to play on Martin."
“Jake's still experiencing some lingering symptoms,” Essendon's GM of Performance Daniel McPherson said on Wednesday.
“We have to respect how he's feeling, so his progression towards a return to play will obviously be guided by his symptoms.”
Essendon will also be without Will Setterfield in the coming weeks, with the Bombers confirming on Wednesday that the 25-year-old had suffered a foot fracture.
“Will reported some foot soreness coming out of the weekend's match,” McPherson said.
“Upon further investigation, it's been revealed he has a small fracture in his foot after being trodden on in game. At this stage, we're unsure on the timeline, but it'll be a short to medium term injury.”
Peter Wright is expected to return earlier than originally expected, the club confirming that the forward may be available before the mid-season bye.
“He's done a mountain of work, and has improved rapidly in recent weeks,” McPherson said.
“He's re-joined training, and there's now a chance he could be available prior to the bye. With all things going well over the next few weeks, he'll be back earlier than expected.”
Richmond is also facing some injuries after they confirmed Jacob Hopper would be ruled out for the 'medium term', which could be the difference come Saturday. With Tom Lynch, Maurice Rioli Jnr, Robbie Tarrant, and Ivan Soldo out, Saturday could be Essendon's chance to end the reign of terror by the Tigers and possibly be back in the top eight.