HARRISON Petty will be available for selection this weekend, as Melbourne looks to collect its second win of the 2024 AFL season.  

It's exciting news for the young Demon, who has seen an interrupted six months of football.  

After injuring his foot during Round 21 last season, he suffered a setback with a toe concern earlier this year, ruling him out of the club’s first two games.  

Selwyn Griffith, the club’s High-Performance Manager, said the utility had successfully returned for his first game of the year during a VFL practice match on Saturday.  

“He played three quarters and progressed really well and has come out of that game healthy,” Griffith told Melbourne Media.  

“So, he’ll integrate into full training this week and will look to be available for selection.”   


Charlie Spargo will continue to focus on the Achilles soreness that ruled him out of Melbourne’s Round 1 match last weekend. 

“He’s been managing a bit of a posterior ankle Achilles issue over the last month, and we’d built a good block of work into him,” Griffith said.  

“After the Sydney game though, he continued to have some ongoing soreness and so we made the decision, in consultation with Charlie and experts around this, that the best thing for him was that we get on top of this now. 
“So we’re just in a phase we’re Charlie is undergoing some unloading and then reloading, and we’ll look to progress him session by session and week by week as he tolerates.”

Lachie Hunter is eyeing a return to play in the near future as he rehabs a calf injury.  

“He’ll integrate into training this week and continue to build his training exposures,” Griffith said.  

“He’ll look to be available in the coming weeks.”  

Following shoulder surgery last week, Jake Bowey will now begin his journey back to AFL footy, looking to return to running in the coming days.   

“He saw the surgeon yesterday and has been approved to start sweating and progress through his next phase,” Griffith said.  

“So, we’ll hopefully see him running at the end of this week and then he’ll have to go through some other markers just to earn the right to get back into contact and training. 

“It’s a positive transition for him early in this rehab.” 

Ollie Sestan will sit out of match-play this weekend after sustaining a concussion during training last weekend, while Daniel Turner (hip), Shane McAdam (hamstring) and Jake Melksham will all continue to work through their respective rehab programs.    

Check out the full injury list below. 

Name Injury Expected Return
Harrison Petty Toe Available
Ollie Sestan Concussion 1 week
Lachie Hunter Calf 2 weeks
Daniel Turner  Hip 5 - 6 weeks 
Jake Bowey Shoulder 8 weeks
Charlie Spargo Achilles TBC
Shane McAdam Hamstring TBC 
Jake Melksham  Knee TBC