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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Yet, the Bombers were level at quarter time , led by six at half- time and by Clark has not played an AFL match since round nine of last season. The 28-year-old is out of. TOP-10 AFL draft pick Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from Essendon to deal with a mental health issue.

ESSENDON defender Aaron Francis is set to play his first senior game of the season after a run of strong VFL form. 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 Stadium.

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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Search. afl . 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

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"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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AFL Live Pass FAQs. Support. Logout. Hurley said the Bombers had kept in close contact with Francis during his stint away from Tullamarine, with captain Dyson Heppell revealing on Thursday that Francis had taken up some part- time work and coaching local basketball.

"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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