ROUND 8 proved to be another rough outing for Melbourne on the injury front, with Michael Hibberd, Jordan Lewis and Jake Melksham all going down throughout the game against the Suns.
Hibberd was on the receiving end of a crunching bump from David Swallow and underwent surgery on his broken collarbone on Sunday.
“Surgery went really well. He had a plate put into his collarbone and the surgeon is pretty happy with him,” Elite Performance Manager David Misson told Melbourne Media.
“We’ll assess him towards the end of the week when he comes in and get him started on his rehab program.”
While the nasty hit left Hibberd sore, he is hoping to return sooner rather than later.
“He’s likely to miss two games,” Misson said.
Melksham may be sidelined for a little bit longer after also being involved in an incident with Swallow during the Dees’ one-point win at Metricon Stadium.
The 27-year-old accidentally kicked Swallow in the leg during the final quarter and is set for a stint on the sidelines.
“Jake’s got a fracture mid-foot which is reasonably significant so he’s probably going to take at least four to five weeks,” Misson said.
But the news is better for Lewis, as the veteran will have the chance to get up for Friday night’s clash against West Coast.
“Jordy rolled his ankle but has pulled up really well, so he’ll be a test for this week,” Misson said.
The Demons will be coming off a six-day break for their trip to Perth.