The Demons premiership chances have been dealt a major blow with star forward Jesse Hogan ruled out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
The Demons confirmed today that Hogan has succumbed to an injury to a navicular bone.
“Jesse was hampered by that foot injury during the game. Despite playing out the game, we needed to investigate that yesterday (Monday), which we did,” Melbourne high performance manager Dave Misson said via the club website.
“He had an MRI scan and a CT scan and what it showed was a partial stress fracture to the navicular bone. What that means for Jesse is that essentially his season is over. It can develop into a serious injury and we feel we’ve got it quite early.
“It’s not going to require surgery and we’re looking at a positive outcome for his preparation, going into 2019. We think he’s going to be right to go for the start of pre-season, but unfortunately for the rest of this season, that’ll be it for Jesse.”