MELBOURNE’S Clayton Oliver, Marty Hore and Shane McAdam will all be available to play this week as the club prepares for its ANZAC Day Eve double-header.

The Dees will meet the Tigers in their ninth instalment of the special marquee match at the MCG on Wednesday night, while the clubs’ two VFL sides will also face-off at the Swinburne Centre from 2:05pm.

Oliver, who underwent minor surgery on his finger, had successfully returned to main training this week, making him a chance to play in two days’ time.

“Clayton got the all-clear to sweat and integrate into training at the end of last week,” Selwyn Griffith, Melbourne’s High-Performance Manager, told Melbourne Media.

“So, he trained really well and is available for selection for this week against Richmond.”


Hore will join Oliver in being available for selection in Round 7, the Demon defender having worked his way back into the main group after being sidelined with a fractured thumb.

“Marty has integrated back into training seamlessly and has progressed really well,” Griffith said.

“So, he will also be available for selection this week.”

Having spent an extended time on the sidelines, McAdam will return to play via the VFL, completing his rehab schedule for a hamstring injury.

“Shane has done a power of work over the last couple of weeks,” Griffith said.

“He’s integrated into the main group, and we’re excited to see him play with the VFL this week on Wednesday.”

Christian Salem is hitting positive milestones in his rehab of a hamstring injury sustained in Round 5.

“Christian has got back to running and completed a really good session,” Griffith said.

“We’ll continue to progress to him session-to-session, which will give us more clarity on his availability in the coming weeks.”

Jake Bowey (shoulder), Charlie Spargo (Achilles) and Jake Melksham (knee) are all continuing to complete their respective rehab programs.  

Check out the full injury list below. 

Name Injury Expected Return
Clayton Oliver Finger Available
Shane McAdam Hamstring Available  
Marty Hore  Thumb Available
Charlie Spargo Achilles 3 - 4 weeks
Jake Bowey Shoulder 3 - 4 weeks
Christian Salem Hamstring 3 - 5 weeks
Jake Melksham  Knee 7 - 9 weeks