Demons coach Simon Goodwin has given the AFL world insight on co-captain Jack Viney’s toe injury.
Viney was a late out against the Dogs in round 17 and the gun midfielder hasn’t returned to the senior side since.
Goodwin isn’t concerned about Vine’s long-term playing future as they look to get him back for finals.
“We certainly haven’t got fears about his long term future,” Goodwin told SEN Breakfast.
“We got Aaron vandenBerg back after a year-and-a-half out of the game with similar type feet issues.
“We certainly don’t have any fears in that regard.
“We just want to get him back healthy, and that’s sort of been really cautious throughout this year about his progress.
“The key thing is trying to get rid of that stress in his toe.
“We were always going to give him two-to-three weeks of deload.
“We tried to get him going after two weeks, he had a really light session on the Alter G (anti-gravity treadmill) two weeks ago and was still a little bit sore, so we continued the plan of deloading him.
“He has had a really positive week this week, he started to reload again and he is feeling pretty good about it.
“We are excited to get him back.”