Aaron Francis
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Appears in VFL match
DEssendon Bombers
July 27, 2021
Francis played in a VFL match over the weekend against Southport.
ANALYSIS
Francis hasn't played at the AFL level since early-June but is now at least on a field even if not for the senior side. He'll now use the final month of the home-and-away season to get back on track.
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Taking time away from club
DEssendon Bombers
Personal
June 18, 2021
Francis is taking a leave of absence for mental health reasons and will be out for Round 14 against Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Francis shouldn't be gone for more than a couple weeks at the most if nothing else arises, though he's expected to return next week at the earliest.
Back in lineup
DEssendon Bombers
May 7, 2021
Francis (ankle) has been included in the Bombers' lineup for Saturday's match versus the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Francis sat out Round 7 after picking up an able injury but the extra week of rest was enough for him to get fit. He's set to slot in as a back for Essendon alongside Jayden Laverde and James Stewart.
Looking to return in Round 8
DEssendon Bombers
Ankle
May 1, 2021
Francis (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's Round 7 game against Carlton and coach Ben Rutten has suggested he can return in Round 8 against GWS. "We're pretty confident he'll (Francis) be (available) next week. He fell a couple of days short for this week, but he's doing all his rehab and preparing himself the best he can, so hopefully he's back next week."
ANALYSIS
Francis picked up this injury in Round 6 against Collingwood and will miss at least a week, if not two or more, due to this issue. Outside of his solid performance in Round 3 with 20 disposals and 10 marks, Francus hasn't recorded more than 14 disposals and five marks in any other round.
Picks up ankle injury in win
DEssendon Bombers
Ankle
April 25, 2021
Francis suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's Round 6 win over Collingwood, according to Riley Beveridge of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Francis has logged 20 disposals on just one occasion all season and didn't last long into the Anzac Day win. He'll hope that this injury doesn't keep him out for long so that the Bombers can start to find better consistency that matches their talented squad.
Returns in scratch match
DEssendon Bombers
September 15, 2020
Francis (hamstring) pulled up well in his return during a scratch match Friday.
ANALYSIS
Francis had been sidelined since Aug. 22 due to a hamstring complaint, but it appears the issue is in the past at this point and he should be available for selection for the season finale.