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Matt Burgan  June 24, 2014 3:32 PM

David Misson Rd 15 Update Presented by Bioceuticals is the Dave Misson injury report for another week. See the bad news about Daniel Cross here
AFL 2014 Rd 11 - Melbourne v Port Adelaide

Daniel Cross of the Demons in action during the 2014 AFL Round 11 match between the Melbourne Demons and Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park, Alice Springs on May 31, 2014. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

DANIEL Cross’ fractured fibula happened after he copped a knee to the side of the leg during the latter part of last Sunday’s 41-point loss to North Melbourne at the MCG.

Elite performance manager Dave Misson said Cross’ injury was only fully identified on Tuesday, after initial scans didn’t reveal a crack in his leg.

“He copped a knock on his fibula during the game – a knee into the side of his leg and it was pretty sore after the game. It was at the end of the game and we didn’t end up putting him back on,” he told Dee TV.

“He actually had an x-ray at the Epworth [Hospital], the night of the game, which was clear, but he was still in a lot of pain yesterday.

“So he had some further scans – an MRI and a CT scan today (Tuesday) – and it showed a longitudinal crack in the fibula, so we think Crossy will be four to six weeks until he’s playing again.”

Dual premiership player Shannon Byrnes has also been dealt a blow, with the former Cat out for the rest of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Byrnes suffered the injury early in his comeback, after missing four matches with an ankle injury.  

“Byrnesy had an issue with his navicular a couple of months ago now – probably six weeks ago – and we consulted surgeons and had a really good look at it via our scanning,” Misson said.

“The surgeons felt that conservative management and giving it a period of time off his legs and getting him going again would suffice. That’s what we did and during his whole rehab process, he really had no issue with the navicular at all.

“He got seven minutes into the Casey game and essentially he felt the same pain he did when he was first injured six to eight weeks ago.

“He’s subsequently seen the surgeon and surgical repair is really the thing that he has to go with now, so he’ll have surgery tomorrow morning and that’s a four or five month process, so unfortunately Shannon’s season is over.”

In better news for the Demons, defender Mitch Clisby (quadriceps) and Max King (leg) are set to return via the VFL this weekend.

“Those guys have been going really well in rehab and they did a very good session yesterday (Monday) and did some team training last week,” Misson said.  

“Both of them will play VFL – whether it’s Development [League] or Casey seniors – it’s probably up to the match committee. They’ll be on restricted game time for a couple of weeks, but that’s good to see them back.”

Youngsters Jesse Hogan and Jayden Hunt will be sidelined for another six weeks each with a back injury.

“Jesse’s probably a bit ahead of Jayden at the moment. Jayden will start his AlterG running tomorrow (Wednesday), so he’ll do two sessions on the D load treadmill and then run outside next week,” Misson said.

“Jesse’s had four sessions outside now and he’s really starting to crank it up now. He’s in the driver’s seat of his rehab program and he’s controlling the pace that he goes at and he’s giving us really strong feedback with regard to where he thinks his body’s at.

“We’re pretty confident that he’s over the hump and we just need to make sure his calves and his hamstrings are OK.”

Ruckman Jake Spencer (ankle) and midfielder Jack Trengove (foot) are continuing their rehab.

“Jake had surgery last Thursday and he’ll have a surgical review next week and we’ll be able to plot some timelines for him,” Misson said.

“He’s essentially three months before he’s back in full training, so it was part of the reason we got him in a bit earlier – to make sure his pre-season wasn’t compromised.

“Trenners goes overseas on Monday, so he’s got a really good trip planned, which culminates in watching his sister in the Commonwealth Games. But by August, he’ll be back and ready to get stuck into some running.”

Melbourne injury list: round 15
Shannon Byrnes (foot) – season
Mitch Clisby (quadriceps) – available
Daniel Cross (fibula) – 4-6 weeks
Jesse Hogan (back) – 6 weeks
Jayden Hunt (back) – 6 weeks
Max King (leg) – available
Jake Spencer (ankle) – season
Jack Trengove (foot) – season