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Davis sidelined with thyroid disorder

YOUNG defender and first-year Demon Troy Davis will miss the next six to eight weeks with a thyroid disorder.

Davis has an overactive thyroid, but the club is confident he will overcome the setback.

“He’s got an illness and we’re addressing the situation, so we’ll be taking a conservative approach with him,” General manager of football Chris Connolly said.

“He’s a long-term player for us and we won’t be taking any risks.”

Davis’ illness is understood to be similar to what Bulldogs Shaun Higgins and Will Minson suffered last year.

In other injury news at Melbourne, Tom Scully (knee), Colin Garland (calf) and Max Gawn (knee) will face fitness tests in the lead-up to this weekend.

But midfielder Jordie McKenzie will miss one to two weeks with a groin injury and will not play against the Brisbane Lions at Visy Park this Saturday.

Big man Jack Fitzpatrick (foot) will also be sidelined for three to five weeks.

All-Australian James Frawley (shoulder) and second-year rookie Michael Newton (hand) are racing to be fit for the start of the premiership season.

The versatile Cale Morton is still five to six weeks away from resuming from a hand injury.

Ruckman Robert Campbell is out for another six to eight weeks with an achilles problem.  
 
Melbourne injury list
 
Campbell (achilles) - 6-8 weeks
Davis (thyroid disorder) - 6-8 weeks 
Fitzpatrick (foot) - 3-5 weeks
Frawley (shoulder) - 4 weeks
Garland (calf) - test
Gawn (knee) - test
McKenzie (groin) - 1-2 weeks
Morton (hand) - 5-6 weeks
Newton (hand) - 4 weeks
Scully (knee) - Test