Essendon are keeping their fingers crossed that in doubt trio Michael Hurley, Cale Hooker and Orazio Fantasia are fit for Saturday afternoons clash with Sydney.

The Bombers have surprised many with their return to the finals after the 2016 season was cruelled by the ASADA bans.

Coach John Worsfold (pictured) says the club desperately needs all hands on deck for the Swans match and they’ll be given every opportunity to prove their fitness as Saturday draws closer.