MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Angus Brayshaw (left) and Aaron vandenBerg of the Demons celebrate during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at Casey Fields on February 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Melbourne forward Aaron vandenBerg will miss the start of the home and away season due to a stress fracture in his foot.

The 25-year-old will not require surgery, but will miss up to six weeks.

“Aaron presented with a sore heel over the weekend,” Demons football manager Mahoney said.

“Investigations have shown that he has the early stages of a stress fracture.

“We’re taking the opportunity to get on top of that as early as we can. He’ll have a couple of weeks of ‘de-loading’ and we’ll gradually build him up.

“At this stage we’re looking at a timeline of four-to-six weeks until he’s ready to return to play.”

Meanwhile, defender Sam Frost is also racing the clock to be fit for round one with a toe injury.

The Demons take on St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in round one.