Melbourne look set to lose inspirational co-captain Jack Viney for several weeks, with a foot injury set to see him join the Demons’ other skipper, Nathan Jones, as well as a few other key players, on the sidelines.
Viney sat out the second half of Melbourne’s loss to Sydney on Friday night with the cause revealed to be the plantar fascia ligament in his foot. The precise period of absence is not known but it will be a minimum of two weeks and could even see Viney miss a substantial chunk of the rest of the season.
There are also concerns over Dom Tyson, who suffered knee soreness late in the game, and Sam Frost, who endured hamstring tightness, while Tom Bugg is set for a decent spell on the sidelines for his crude punch on Sydney’s Callum Mills.
Melbourne already had Jones, Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Christian Salem and Jack Watts unavailable for the Sydney game and while just a week ago, people were talking up their premiership prospects, they are suddenly low of personnel and form.
Melbourne face Carlton this week and the Blues will fancy their chances after a competitive display against Adelaide on Saturday, where they picked up no significant injuries. Jacob Weitering rolled an ankle and Lachie Plowman dislocated a finger but both are expected to be fine. Read more…