The blows keep coming for Essendon, who will be without AFL young gun Andrew McGrath for at least the next week and possibly longer.
McGrath has been ruled out for Saturday's clash with Carlton at the MCG after scans revealed he had suffered a minor calf strain.
Last year's AFL Rising Star has been an important cog for the Bombers this season, averaging 20 disposals per game while rotating between the backline and midfield.
He joins spearhead Joe Daniher, who will miss at least a month with a debilitating groin injury, on the sidelines with the 15th-placed Bombers sitting on two wins and five losses.
"(McGrath) pulled up with a sore calf a couple of days ago, so he just had it scanned yesterday and unfortunately he's got a very slight calf strain," coach John Worsfold said.
"So he'll definitely miss one game, maybe two; that will be dependent on how he pulls up throughout next week."
Saturday's clash looms as a danger game for the struggling Bombers with winless Carlton set to welcome back young gun Charlie Curnow.
Worsfold confirmed Essendon would welcome back goalsneak Orazio Fantasia, who played in the VFL last week in his comeback from a groin injury.
"We were hopeful he would have been okay last week, but I think the preparation we've given him is perfect," Worsfold said.
"We're very confident in him ... (and) really rapt to have him in. His speed is one of his assets, his other asset is obviously the role he plays within the team."
Fringe forward Shaun McKernan has also been named for his first game of the season.
Swingman Cale Hooker has been named at full-forward for the Bombers but Worsfold said McKernan would be a like-for-like replacement for Daniher.