Greater Western Sydney forward Jeremy Finlayson is likely facing a spell on the sidelines after a late hit on Essendon star Zach Merrett.

Finlayson collided with Merrett elbow-first in the opening quarter of Saturday's clash and is set to come under scrutiny by the Match Review Officer after being reported for the incident.

The hit is likely to come under intentional and high contact, with impact potentially found as low.