Some "dodgy linguine" that kept Demons senior coach Simon Goodwin and assistant Adem Yze in quarantine in the build-up to next Saturday's Grand Final has done little to steer Melbourne's focus off course.
Goodwin was unable to attend media duties on Friday after falling ill, with the Demons coach revealing on the weekend that food poisoning had forced him and Yze to be away from the main group.
“A bit of a dodgy linguine ... a bit of food poisoning so I’ve just got to watch where I eat. I’m feeling 100 per cent now and ready to go," Goodwin explained to media on Saturday.
“Thankfully it’s not something that’s going to pass through the players and the club - it’s self-inflicted.
“He (Yze) had a similar sort of scenario. Both of us ate something that wasn’t quite right, we’ll be right and he’s 100 per cent as well.”
The Demons have had the luxury to roam Perth fairly freely in the past few days, with their Grand Final opponents in the Bulldogs having to remain in quarantine until this weekend.
Having played just the one match in 21 days, Melbourne held a high-intensity training session on Saturday in what looked to focus on match simulation.
The session has since placed a cloud of doubt over crafty Demon Charlie Spargo, who looks to have sustained an ankle injury in a training drill.
Spargo is tipped to be fit to lace up the boots come next Saturday night, while All-Australian defender Steven May's recovery from a hamstring complaint is showing positive progress.
The Demons are unlikely to make changes to the side that defeated the Cats to the tune of 83 points should there be no further injury scares.