Melbourne is fully supportive of Heritier Lumumba despite an overseas paperwork mishap forcing the defender to miss four days of training.
Lumumba was holidaying in the Democratic Republic of Congo in west Africa when a misunderstanding over his paperwork to enter the country forced him to relocated to Kenya while it was being resolved.
Once the matter was sorted, the 29-year-old returned to the Congo where he finished his holiday over the Christmas break.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided advice in accordance with the Consular Services Charter to an Australian man who presented at the Australian High Commission in Kenya. Due to privacy obligations, we are not be able to provide further comment,” a DFAT spokesperson told AFL.com.au.
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