MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Michael Hurley of the Bombers looks upfield during an Essendon Bomber AFL pre-season training session at True Value Solar Centre on November 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Essendon star defender Michael Hurley could play in the Bombers’ final JLT Series match next week after scans revealed he had no significant damage to his ankle.

The 2015 All-Australian injured his ankle in the final quarter against Gold Coast on Sunday, he left the field and played no further part in the match.

“Michael got a kick to the front of his shin, it pinched the front of his ankle at the same time,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“If we had a game this weekend he might be in some doubt.

“But we’re hopeful as that soreness goes away, he’ll get back into training and still be a reasonable chance for JLT3.”

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Hurley has been in excellent form in the pre-season competition so far, keeping his opponent goalless in the opening half against Collingwood and collecting 18-disposals against the Suns.

“’Hurls’ has had a great pre-season overall,” Crow said.

“In JLT1, he played a half of high-speed football at Etihad.

“He got a really good hit out [against Gold Coast] and really only hurt himself in the last few minutes of the game in JLT2.”

The Bombers play their final pre-season game against Geelong in Bendigo on March 12.