Essendon’s boom off-season recruit Jye Caldwell has had a nightmare start to his four-year, big money contract at the Bombers with the club confirming he has suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out for months.
The 20-year-old Caldwell – who was pick No.11 in the 2018 draft and joined Essendon from GWS in the off-season – has had a long history with hamstring injuries, including tearing one in his draft year and then suffering a strain while in Sydney in 2019.
The club also confirmed on Monday that key players Sam Draper and Dylan Shiel will miss multiple matches following injuries suffered in the same match – Saturday’s loss to Port Adelaide – as Caldwell.
The club said midfielder Shiel (knee) would have an arthroscopy in the coming days and would miss four to six weeks of football, ruckman Draper (ankle) would miss eight to 10 weeks, while new recruit Caldwell (hamstring) would miss six to eight weeks.
Essendon’s head of football Josh Mahoney said the news was disappointing.
“Dylan will be required to have a knee arthroscopy and we will know more about the time-frames for his return following this procedure over the coming days. At this stage, we don’t anticipate he will return to the field for at least the next four to six weeks but we will continue to monitor him closely this week and see how he progresses,” Mahoney said.
“Sam will see a specialist in the coming days with confirmation of a syndesmosis injury, but we are hopeful he will be back and playing for the second half of the season.
“Scans confirmed that Jye sustained a more significant hamstring strain, and we will see how he progresses over the next week but, unfortunately, we expect him to miss the next six to eight weeks of football.