MELBOURNE has ruled veteran Jordan Lewis out of the club’s Anzac Day eve clash against Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he suffered a broken hand last Sunday.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Demons’ 67-point loss to Hawthorn, with the 31-year-old undergoing surgery on Monday to put a plate in his injured hand.
Melbourne high performance manager Dave Misson said Lewis could be out of action for up to two weeks.
“Jordy suffered a fracture to his hand – his fourth finger in the second quarter, so he’s actually done really well to play the rest of the game with a broken hand,” said Misson.
“But unfortunately, he’ll miss the Richmond game. We’re hoping he’s only going to miss one, but maybe a little bit longer than that.”
Defender Neville Jetta will face a fitness test later in the week to determine his availability for the contest against the Tigers.
Jetta limped from the field after rolling his ankle in the third term of the game against the Hawks.
“It was a pretty ugly mechanism…he was lucky to get out of it with just a minor ankle problem,” Misson said.
“He’s pulled up pretty well, not a lot of soreness, just a little bit of swelling in and around that area.”
“We’d just assess Nev later in the week, and he’ll probably be a test. We expect him to be available.”
Meanwhile, gun midfielder Jack Viney is now less than a month away from resuming following several setbacks with his injured foot.
Key tall Tom McDonald is progressing at a more rapid rate than Viney in his recovery from his own foot injury and could be considered for the round six game against Essendon.
“He (Tommy) is quite well-advanced with his football work,” said Misson.
“He’ll actually train with the group a little bit on Saturday morning. We actually expect Tom to be potentially available for the Essendon game.”