MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Dyson Heppell of the Bombers is tackled by Luke Parker of the Swans during the 2018 AFL round 19 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon captain Dyson Heppell remains in doubt for the Bombers clash against North Melbourne.

The Bombers skipper failed to train with the main group on Wednesday, instead standing on the sidelines playing with a soccer ball and signing autographs.

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Essendon coach John Worsfold said in his press conference that Heppell would need to get through training to have any chance of lining up against the Kangaroos.

“Obviously, there’s a process he has to undertake but we hope he’ll be ready to go,” Worsfold said in his press conference.

“In terms of selection for this week, [it is an important session]. Depending how he goes, if it was really sore we’d probably rule him out today, but if it’s still progressing, then we may give him an extra couple of days.

“We won’t know until we see what he does today.”

Defender Michael Hurley is also in doubt after having scans on his hip earlier in the week, despite Worsfold suggesting the 29-year-old would play.

Cale Hooker has also been cleared to play despite suffering back soreness after the Bombers win over Sydney.