Conor McKenna
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Injury Finger
Breaks finger in Round 6 win
DEssendon Bombers
Finger
July 13, 2020
McKenna fractured his finger Saturday in Essendon's 67-53 win over North Melbourne in Round 6, Callum Twomey of the Bombers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Essendon expects McKenna to require a procedure and miss time as a result of the injury, but until a determination on surgery is made, the 24-year-old should be viewed as doubtful for the Bombers' Round 7 match versus Western on Friday. McKenna, who had been sidelined earlier this season while recovering from COVID-19, made his 2020 debut in Round 6, totaling 18 disposals, four tackles and two marks.
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Cleared to return
DEssendon Bombers
June 28, 2020
McKenna (illness) has served his one-match ban for breaching the AFL's COVID-19 protocols, Tom Morris of FoxSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
McKenna tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and was expected to remain in isolation for 14 days, but after testing negative on multiple subsequent occasions the league has cleared him to return. As a result, the Bombers will have McKenna available against Collingwood on July 3.
Will remain in quarantine
DEssendon Bombers
Illness
June 23, 2020
McKenna (illness) will remain in quarantine and will be treated as if he's still a positive test, Mark Stevens of 7 News Melbourne reports.
ANALYSIS
McKenna's most recent test returned negative, placing into question the legitimacy of the initial positive tests. He will thus miss at least this week's contest as well but could be available for selection for the July 3 match versus Collingwood.
Latest test returns negative
DEssendon Bombers
Illness
June 23, 2020
McKenna's latest COVID-19 test Tuesday returned negative for COVID-19 and the league is exploring the possibility that his previous tests returned a false positive, Fox Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
McKenna tested positive both Saturday and Sunday, so it was a surprising turn of events that he tested negative so quickly after the fact. More information surrounding his situation should surface in the coming days, which will likely determine whether or not he and teammate James Stewart will be forced to remain in a 14-day quarantine.
Tests positive for COVID-19
DEssendon Bombers
Illness
June 19, 2020
McKenna has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tom Morris of Fox Sports Australia.
ANALYSIS
He had a 14 day quarantine period when he returned from Ireland, so he must have caught it since then. The league has elected to postpone Sunday's match and will likely do a thorough investigation into who he's come in contact with to avoid further spread.