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.
Aaron Sandilands’ 2017 looks to be over and there must be major questions over whether we’ll see the most dominant ruckman of the last decade play again.
Sandilands re-injured the hamstring he hurt earlier in the year against St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said post game that it is the end of his year. At 34, and having played 254 AFL games, but just 15 in the past two years, Sandilands’ future must be in some doubt. Sean Darcy looks a ready-made replacement having performed well in his two games to date.
At the other end of the experience scale to Sandilands is Giants first gamer Jeremy Finlayson, who injured his medial ligament in his right knee and is likely to be out of action for six to eight weeks. He joins a big injury list at the Giants, who lost Toby Greene on the day of the match with an ankle injury.
It is not known how serious Greene’s injury is but it is likely to have him some doubt for this week’s game against Hawthorn.
The Giants’ major rivals for top spot, Adelaide and Geelong, both have injury concern from the weekend.
Adelaide look to have lost defender Kyle Hartigan for 2-3 weeks at least after he injured a hamstring in the win over Carlton, while Geelong lost Daniel Menzel in the warm-up to a knee problem. Obviously any knee issue with Menzel will be closely monitored given his troubled past.
Cats skipper Joel Selwood also sat out the Giants game with concussion, but should be fine to face Brisbane this week.
Darcy Gardiner won’t be there however after the young Lion’s season came to an abrupt end after he dislocated an elbow against Essendon on Sunday.
Hamstring problems saw West Coast’s Sam Butler and Gold Coast’s Pearce Hanley both sit out their respective games, while Collingwood’s Darcy Moore also endured similar issues. It is the second week in a row that Hanley has battle hammy problems.
Meanwhile, Callum Mills will be monitored by Sydney ahead of the Swans’ clash against the Gold Coast in the aftermath of Bugg’s punch. Mills sat out the game and must be in some doubt.