Melbourne star Jack Viney will miss at least a month of AFL action after scans discovered a fracture in his right fibula, the club revealed.
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Viney received a hit to his right leg during the final quarter of the Demons’ loss to Greater Western Sydney last Saturday, with an MRI revealing the small fracture.
The 21-year-old will not require surgery, with the Demons planning for the impressive youngster to make a return in four weeks.
“This injury does not require surgery, it will be treated symptomatically and once the bone has healed he will return to play,” Melbourne football operations manager Josh Mahoney told the club website.
“Jack is a very professional player and he will do everything possible to return from this injury as quick as possible.”
Viney was superb in the Demons’ first round win over the Gold Coast Suns, with the midfielder playing a key role in closing down Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett.
He was also one of Melbourne’s better players in the side’s disappointing loss to GWS.
Viney has played 35 times for the Demons since making his debut in round one, 2013 against Port Adelaide.