SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Daniher of the Bombers celebrates after kicking a goal during the AFL Second Elimination Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at Sydney Cricket Ground on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon have confirmed star forward Joe Daniher could make a return to the senior side in 2018, and have not ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Daniher hasn’t featured since round seven, as he continues to battle with osteitis pubis.

Essendon’s General Manager of Football Dan Richardson believes Daniher could return this year, after showing signs of progression over the past month.

“Joe has shown some progress over the past few weeks and remains a chance to play this season,” Richardson told

“His long-term health will not be compromised hence our medical team will remain conservative in their approach to his recovery and rehabilitation.”