MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: David Myers of the Bombers is congratulated by Michael Hurley after kicking a goal as Matt Shaw of the Suns looks on during the round 22 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon midfielder David Myers will be forced to wait even longer before returning to footy following his 12-month ban due to the club’s supplements saga.

The 27-year-old is set to miss the start of the home and away season after rupturing a tendon in his finger at training on Tuesday, which will sidelined him for six to eight weeks.

“David Myers got his finger caught in someone’s jumper, he’s ruptured his tendon in that finger and he’ll be in for surgery today,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“It means six weeks in a splint and then two weeks getting his touch back normally to then play football.

“The good news is it’s his right hand so he’ll be able to continue to guide the ball with his left hand and keep running over that period and maintain the really good training base he’s been able to get this pre-season.”

It has been a difficult few years for Myers, after he managed just two games in 2015 due to a shoulder injury, before being suspended for the entire 2016 season following the club’s 2012 supplements regime.

The injury plagued Don has managed just 85 games in his eight seasons.