Cale Hooker of the Bombers.
Cale Hooker of the Bombers. JULIAN SMITH

Bombers forward to miss Swans showdown

KEY forward Cale Hooker will miss Essendon's clash against Sydney tonight because of a finger injury.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury at a training session during the week.

"Cale was struck on the end of his finger by a ball during training, leaving him with a dislocation," high-performance manager Justin Crow said.

"It was relocated on the spot by our medical staff.

"On a positive note, the dislocation didn't result in damage to the tendon or bone.

"We're optimistic that he'll be available to play against Brisbane next week."

Despite some criticism of the former defender, Hooker has formed a lethal union with spearhead Joe Daniher this season.

Hooker kicked a career- best five goals in the last-start win over Port Adelaide for a season's tally of 23 from 12 games.

The Bombers will come face to face with their old adversary Lance Franklin tonight, with Michael Hurley or Michael Hartley to get the job on the superstar, who is averaging six goals in his past 10 matches against them.

Daniher, who booted four goals against the Power, will lead the Bombers attack with former GWS Giant James Stewart and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, who also slotted four last round before their bye last week.

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