Melbourne has confirmed that injury prone midfielder Jack Trengove will play his first senior game in over two years against Hawthorn this weekend.
Trengove suffered a foot injury in Round 2, 2014, that almost ended his career. He has battled stress fractures in his foot for the past two years since initially sustaining the injury.
He has earned a recall to the side on the back of some impressive form in the VFL this season.
“His last game was round two, 2014, so it was a fair while ago. He comes in, in really, really good form and I’m pretty excited about seeing him play,” Coach Paul Roos told the club’s website.
“There were times when I’m sure he wouldn’t have thought he’d play again and the medical staff and coaches were uncertain – even if they were optimistic, but you never want to get pessimistic with things like that.
“He’s such a high, quality person and to go through what he’s gone through – I haven’t seen him down or not smiling. He’s impacted the club positively over the last couple of years and he’s been unbelievable really.
“So that’s why it’s so pleasing that he’s back and he’s getting a game. He’s worked his way into some terrific form.
“I’m sure the players will be excited for him – there’s no doubt – because he’s an ex-captain of the footy club and he’s extremely popular.”
The 24-year-old has played just 81 games in an injury interrupted career, after being selected with pick No.2 in the 2009 National Draft.