MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Conor McKenna of the Bombers marks the ball during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at The Hangar on May 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Irish Bombers star Conor McKenna has flown back to his homeland as he battles homesickness, as reported AFL.com.au.

Essendon players were reportedly informed of his decision on Tuesday night, however, the 23-year old is expected to return for the club’s opening Marsh Community Series match against West Coast.

According to Fox Sports’ Tom Morris, the defender has returned to Ireland indefinitely.

Essendon general manager Dan Richardson said the club had full support of McKenna.

“We have been in lengthy discussions with Conor over recent weeks and we are completely supportive of him returning home to be with his family at this time,” Richardson told essendonfc.com.au. 

“We remain in constant communication with both Conor and his family and we will continue to provide our support during this period.”