Conor McKenna will be out for at least two weeks after testing positive to Covid-19. And he is set to be joined by five other players after contact tracing was completed.
The five players were listed as ‘close contacts’ of the Irishman who attended five open-house inspections before testing positive.
The identity of those players is set to be released Tuesday, with the Herald Sun reporting the group includes first choice players and also players outside McKenna’s backline group.
While McKenna attended the open-house inspections, it is believed he may be able to argue those violations down as there is a grey area over players moving houses.
“It’s a disadvantage for Essendon, but we can’t stop the games, need to keep them going,” he told Fox Footy.
“For the Bombers it might not be perfect, but they might find themselves one, two, or three players out of that game and that might help them in the future.”
Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, Caroline Wilson spoke about the ramifications of the positive test.
“I can tell you the players who were in contact and found to have been in close contact with Conor McKenna last Friday and before will be named early in the morning (Tuesday),” Wilson told Footy Classified. “I can’t tell you who they are, but I can tell you the Essendon-Carlton game will go ahead.
“The situation, I gather, is manageable. There would probably be, I would say, a handful of players – whether that’s three, four or five, I can’t tell you exactly – will be forced to go into quarantine alongside Conor McKenna.
“It won’t be the entire back six. I wish I could tell you who those players are, but those names are being kept tightly under wraps. But we will know early (Tuesday) who they are.”
The AFL are still yet to decide on a punishment for McKenna.