ESSENDON fears the worst for Josh Green after the small forward suffered a left foot injury in Saturday night's 33-point win over Gold Coast.
The 24-year-old pulled up sore in the forward pocket as he ran and turned to take possession of a bouncing ball midway through the final quarter.
Green limped straight into the rooms and was on crutches after the game with his foot protected by a moon boot.
The former Brisbane Lion fractured his right foot in January last year – which forced him out for 10 weeks – and missed six games in 2015 with a stress fracture in his foot.
Bombers coach John Worsfold said the initial prognosis was not positive, with more to be known following scans on Monday.
"That looks like it's serious," Worsfold told Triple M on Sunday.
"He fractured a bone in his foot up in Brisbane a few years ago and had that pinned, and there's a possibility this is the same thing as the other foot.
"We'll get that confirmed tomorrow but it's not looking that great at this stage for him."
Green, who has played 17 games for Essendon since joining the club as a delisted free agent at the end of last year, will join fellow small forward Orazio Fantasia (hamstring) on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Worsfold said in-form defender Michael Hurley (calf) was pushing to return for next Sunday's clash with Fremantle, although it was too early to predict his availability.
"He's got to get through the hoops of showing that he's fit to go," the coach said.
"He's pretty bullish about it but we'll wait and see."