Viney rests up ahead of AFL finals

Aug 24, 2017 - 5:16 AM Jack Viney won't play this weekend against Collingwood as the Melbourne captain takes baby steps towards an AFL return.

The midfield tyro has gone off crutches and into a moon boot as his right foot slowly heals.

It is unclear when the Melbourne co-captain will return after his ongoing problem forced him to miss last Sunday's win over Brisbane.

The Demons sit seventh and are on the brink of a first finals campaign since 2006.

But whether it was the uncertainty still hanging over Melbourne's finals chances or a tricky diagnosis, Demons coach Simon Goodwin didn't want to elaborate on the 23-year-old's injury status

"With a bony-type injury you have to really respect them and make sure they're 100 per cent right," he said.

"He won't play this week. He's still a little bit sore

"He's tracking really well though. He's heading in the right direction.

"We haven't thought about (whether he'll be fit for finals) at all. Our judgement has been about this week."

Viney told the Nine Network on Wednesday he was "still a chance" to play, suggesting his finals participation is not in doubt - especially given the pre-finals bye.

Viney had to miss two games because of plantar fascia surgery last month and returned earlier than expected.

But after four games back, he was sidelined again.

"It's still pretty slow, but getting there," Viney said.

"There's a little bit of pain - it's a little bit different, in terms of being a bit bony, so you can't really push it too far otherwise you end up in a bit more trouble.

"So I'm just taking it slowly and make sure I get it right."

Viney, like his team, cannot look too far ahead.

"We have to make finals first - there's still a fair chance if we lose this weekend we might not make it," he said.

"So I'm just taking it week by week at the moment, session by session.

"Hopefully ... if we get a shot at finals, I will be fresh and ready to go."

Source: AAP

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