MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Harrison Petty of the Demons kicks a goal during the 2023 AFL Round 06 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Three more Melbourne forwards are under injury clouds less than a month away from the Demons' season opener against Sydney, adding to Simon Goodwin's attacking selection concerns.

The Demons are already set to be without Kysaiah Pickett (suspension), Ben Brown (knee), Jake Melksham (knee) and recruit Tom Fullarton (hamstring) for the start of the season, while swingman Joel Smith is facing an uncertain playing future and is currently on a provisional suspension for the potential violation of the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code.

Melbourne have been hoping defender-turned-forward Harrison Petty would be available after spending the majority of the pre-season recovering from a Lisfranc injury that curtailed his 2023 season.

However, a fresh toe injury to the South Australian has potentially compounded Melbourne's selection dilemma, with Petty one of three Demons needing treatment for injury concerns this week.

According to 7 News, new Demon Shane McAdam (calf) joined Petty in leaving the track early on Wednesday, while veteran forward Tom McDonald has undergone scans for a calf issue of his own.

The situation could leave the Demons without a great deal of support for leading duo Bayley Fritsch and Jacob van Rooyen in their front third for their blockbuster Opening Round trip to the SCG.

Fritsch himself has been on limited duties over the course of the pre-season after battling with a foot injury last year, with the four-time Demons leading goalkicker tipped to be at full strength for the start of the season.

Melbourne have reinforcement options on hand for the already known absence of Kysaiah Pickett, who needs to serve a one-game rough conduct ban for an incident involving Carlton's Patrick Cripps from last September.

Pair Charlie Spargo and Kade Chandler will likely lead the small forward department against the Swans, potentially gaining help from youngster Bailey Laurie, recruit Jack Billings and utility Alex Neal-Bullen.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Kysaiah Pickett of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2023 AFL Round 05 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at Adelaide Oval on April 15, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Three-club forward Josh Schache is joined by uncapped former first-round pick Matthew Jefferson as the Demons' only tall attackers currently not dealing with injury issues.

Melbourne are scheduled to meet with Richmond and Carlton later this month for their practice matches before turning their attention toward their first game of the season proper against Sydney on Thursday, March 7.