ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Jack Viney of the Demons is challenged by Brad Ebert of Port Adelaide during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney was handed a one week suspension by the Match Review Panel on Monday afternoon for striking Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert on the weekend.

However, it turns out the ban is irrelevant for Viney, with the club later confirming that the gun onballer will miss the next three to four weeks after suffering a fractured knuckle bone on the weekend.

“Early in the first quarter on the weekend, Jack injured his hand and scans today (Monday) have shown he has a fracture in his knucklebone,” Melbourne general manager of football Josh Mahoney told the club’s website.

“This requires surgery and he will be having surgery this afternoon.

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“At this stage we expect him to miss approximately three to four weeks of football.”

It is a huge blow for the Demons, with Viney set to miss games against Hawthorn, Collingwood and Sydney.