Following their 40-point Sunday victory, it has been confirmed that Darcy Parish will miss the next three games with a minor calf strain while key forward Harrison Jones joins him for a week.

The star midfielder was a late out in the North Melbourne clash after waking up sore on the morning of the match.

Scans on Monday revealed the strain and now the club are hoping Parish will be fit to return after their bye in Round 14, leaving him no chance of playing in Saturday's Dreamtime at the 'G clash with Richmond.

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GM of Football Operations Daniel McPherson, said the injury is a frustrating blow, given the recent injury history of the star mid.

“After missing the first couple of games of the season, Darcy's season was building nicely and he'd been playing some terrific football for us in recent weeks, so this latest setback, although relatively minor, is frustrating," McPherson said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Darcy Parish of the Bombers runs with the ball during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at The Hangar on August 7, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

"Given Darcy's importance to our team, we'll use the next few weeks, plus the mid-season bye week, to ensure he is in great shape heading into the second half of the season.”

Jones, who was cited by the Match Review Officer (MRO) for a dangerous tackle on Kangaroos defender Zac Fisher, will miss a week after the club "reluctantly" accepted the one-match suspension.

The tackle was graded medium impact, careless conduct and high contact, constituting a week off.

Despite the option to take it to the tribunal, the Bombers voted against challenging the decision, according to SEN's Sam Edmund.

Jones will miss the Dreamtime at the G' clash against Richmond on Saturday.