Youngster Clayton Oliver has been ruled out of Melbourne’s side for this week’s clash with Port Adelaide.
Oliver will not travel with the side to Alice Springs for Saturday afternoon’s clash at TIO Traeger park due to a corked quad.
The 18-year-old was restricted to walking laps at training on Thursday.
He will be one of two changes for the Demons, with Dom Tyson (illness) and Neville Jetta (suspension) both set to return. However, a second omission is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, luckless midfielder Jack Trengove is edging closer to a return to senior football after battling a serious foot injury for the past two years.
Trengove has impressed in the VFL over the past seven weeks, but will have to wait at least one more week for a senior recall.
“I spoke to (Jack Trengove) again today. He’s not too far. He’s going really, really well. He’s not going to play this week,” coach Paul Roos said.
“You’re probably factoring in the travel, the team going well last week, things like that.
“We want to give Jack a chance, when he does play, to be able to play really well.
“He’s creeping closer, but it’s not going to be this weekend.”