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Sport Bombers' Francis takes time out from AFL

12:07  13 february  2018
12:07  13 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Aaron Francis takes mental health leave from Essendon, Jayden Laverde out 10 weeks. Teammate Orazio Fantasia has revealed Francis had sought time away from the club. There was also bad injury news for the Bombers , with a hamstring tendon injury to sideline Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks.

The Bombers midfielder felt the full affects of a bump from Crow Richard Douglas in the first quarter of the game, leaving him dazed and needing to be Merrett was keen to return to the field to play out the match against the Crows, but after doing some ball work in the rooms and being assessed, club

Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from AFL club Essendon, who have also lost Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks with a hamstring tendon injury.© Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from AFL club Essendon, who have also lost Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks with a hamstring tendon injury. Top-10 AFL draft pick Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from Essendon.

Teammate Orazio Fantasia has revealed Francis had sought time away from the club.

There was also bad injury news for the Bombers, with a hamstring tendon injury to sideline Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks.

Laverde was injured during Saturday's intra-club hit-out.

Francis, the No.6 pick in the 2015 national draft, has only managed five games in two seasons.

After last season, he unsuccessfully sought a trade back to his native SA.

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AFL .com.au understands the 20-year-old is likely to make his first AFL appearance when the Bombers take on Sydney on Friday night at Etihad The Bombers have been keen for Francis to continue to build his fitness throughout the season after an interrupted summer that saw him spend time away

If we took out and ignore the fact he's on an AFL list and he was a high draft pick, the real issue is he's a young man who should be living a really happy Francis played just five games for the Bombers in his first two seasons after joining the club as the No.6 pick at the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, but Worsfold

"He's an interesting one - he told the boys last week that he's just going to take a bit of personal time, away from the footy club," Fantasia told Adelaide 5AA radio on Tuesday.

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"Aaron is going to be a crucial part of this team so to get him right off the field is No.1.

"You know how hard the game can be, even if you're in a good head space."

Laverde's hamstring strain is the latest injury blow for the 21-year-old, who has played 23 senior games since his 2015 debut.

He needed pre-season ankle surgery last year and did not return to the AFL until round 18.

Last week, Travis Colyer had foot surgery that will put him out of action for the first six rounds of the season.

But there is better news on star defender Michael Hurley, who hurt his left hand during Saturday's hit-out.

A scan has shown no wrist fracture and he could be available for AFL pre-season matches.

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