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

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It didn't take long for Francis to have an impact on the match, as he looked at ease across half-back from the opening bounce. 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.

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.

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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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Top-10 AFL draft pick Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from Essendon to deal with a mental health issue. Teammate Orazio Fantasia has revealed Francis had sought time away from the club. The Bombers later issued a statement, confirming why Francis had taken leave.

If we took out and ignore the fact he's on an AFL list and he was a high draft pick, the real 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 couldn't say if the 20-year-old would be back this year.

"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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