SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Jake Stringer of the Bombers runs out onto the ground during the round one AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Essendon Bombers at Giants Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jake Stringer’s availability for Thursday night’s clash with West Coast at the Optus Stadium is unknown.

The star forward limped from the field after his right ankle became tangled in a marking contest with Hawthorn’s Shaun Burgoyne on Friday night, seeing him sit out the remainder of the match.

While positive scan results revealed there was no structural damage or fractures, Stringer is still suffering pain in the area. However, Essendon haven’t yet ruled out the gun forward for his side’s clash against West Coast this round, saying they will monitor Stringer’s injury during the week.

“We really weren’t sure of what the injury was and it could have been a number of things that were fairly average so it was really good news,” coach John Worsfold told reporters on Monday.

“Now it’s just a matter of assessing how he’s feeling and what he’s going to be able to do. We’ll monitor that day by day.”

Stringer has scored 18 goals from 11 games this season, proving him to be an integral part of Essendon’s forward line. If the gun forward is ruled out for the match against the Eagles, forwards Mitch Brown and Aaron Francis will be vying for his spot.

After securing a 19-point win against Hawthorn on Friday night, Essendon turn their attention to this week’s clash at Optus Stadium where they hope to go back to back.