Demons duo need surgery

24 June 2020 18:59:31 GMTPlus10

Melbourne duo Marty Hore and Harry Petty both need surgery that will put them out indefinitely.

Defender Hore, who was already unavailable due to a fractured toe, tore a quad tendon in the gym.

He will need to go under the knife before continuing his rehab, while Petty is also set to go in for surgery this week on his groin problem.

Key defender Petty, who has played 11 games across his first two seasons, sought advice from a Sydney specialist on his long-term issue.

The Demons also have Kade Kolodjashnijout indefinitely, due to concussion, while Braydon Preuss is out for 3-4 weeks with an Achilles problem and Aaron Nietschke's knee injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Melbourne came through their intra-club match unscathed at the weekend, after their AFL clash with Essendon was postponed.

Mitch Hannan, who was set to make his comeback from injury against the Bombers, will line up against Geelong on Sunday for just his seventh game since 2018.

The 25-year-old said: "You kind of forget what it's like to be out and amongst the AFL environment again.

"There's definitely a few nerves there, but I'm pretty confident that I've done quite a bit of running and physical contact and training over this lay off. So I'd like to think I'm in pretty good physical shape and can have an impact."

Meanwhile, Louis Butler will become the third Western Bulldogs player to debut in 2020 when Luke Beveridge's side take on Sydney.

The speedy defender, who was selected with pick no. 53 in the 2019 AFL Draft, joins Laitham Vandermeer and Ben Cavarra in getting their first call ups.

With Josh Dunkley set to miss at least six weeks, Toby McLean could shift from half-back to the midfield, opening up a spot for Butler.

Melbourne are 66/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Demons are 81/50 to win their next game against Geelong, who are 13/25.

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