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Simply bad luck for big Bomber Joe

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Not much upsets supporters more than hearing a star player needs surgery for an injury that a prolonged period of rest failed to fix.

That's why Essendon football manager Dan Richardson was immediately asked on Thursday whether key forward Joe Daniher should have had surgery this time last year when osteitis pubis forced him out.

Joe Daniher's 2019 is over before it had a chance to really get going.Credit:AAP

The response, that it was an easy thing to say in hindsight, was predictable - but it was also reasonable in the circumstances, as in most cases the first treatment option is rest and a managed rehabilitation process rather than an operation.

The Bombers had successful examples close at hand when considering the path to take with Daniher. Skipper Dyson Heppell had recovered from a similar issue without going under the knife but the Dons also cast their net wide, seeking advice on how best to proceed, including........

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