Speedey Dee to Undergo Surgery: Small defender Set to Miss Fremantle Clash
Dean Kent, Melbourne’s forward is set to undergo hamstring surgery and will have to face more than 2 months on the sidelines. A double-sided injury was undertaken by the Demons in heading up Sunday’s play with Fremantle; Neville Jetta, the lock down small defender, is also suffering from a concussion. Kent injured his left hamstring […]
Dean Kent, Melbourne’s forward is set to undergo hamstring surgery and will have to face more than 2 months on the sidelines. A double-sided injury was undertaken by the Demons in heading up Sunday’s play with Fremantle; Neville Jetta, the lock down small defender, is also suffering from a concussion.
Kent injured his left hamstring while on a chase with 3 Richmond players in the 2nd Quarter of a 32-point victory last Friday night. Melbourne’s forward left the game grabbing up his left leg in pain. Paul Roos, Demon’s coach reported Monday that Kent already encountered the same lay-off like that of Nick Dal Santo, North Melbourne star who had to undergo hamstring surgery earlier this April.
Roos further stated that Dent would have to miss around 10 weeks also the same with Da Santo’s case. Neville Jetta on the other hand, suffered from a concussion during the second term of Friday night’s game with the Tigers and was not able to return to the field after half-time.
Jetta is known for head knocks and with this Roos said the Demons would be taking precautions with the defender. Coach Roos told in reports: “Jetta won’t play. We’ll be pretty conservative. He’s had three minor knocks over the last four or five weeks so we’ll have to be conservative with him.”
The Demons would be forced to make at least 2 changes to the side because of Dent and Jetta’s conditions, to be able to defeat Richmond. Former skipper, Jack Grimes would have to be recalled after giving 18 disposal notches along with 9 tackles for Casey in VFL this coming Sunday.
Jimmy Toumpas with 28 disposals and 7 tackles will also most probably considered to be in the mix with Jake Spencer of Max Gawn to be assigned to guard against the bold moves of Dockers big man, Aaron Sandilands.
Roos further stressed that there are some other challenges with Fremantle’s in-form midfield of Nat Fyte, David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Stephen Hill and Lachie Neale.
The coach said he knew when the Demons met Fremantle during the NAB Challenge battle kick-off at Fremantle Oval held last March 5 that coach Ross Lyon had his team prepare for a big 2015.
“It’s been an impressive start. Being 4-0 is a terrific effort,” Roos stated.
“They’re in really good nick early in the season. The end of the year will tell if they’re better or worse, but I had them as a chance to win the flag this year.
“I certainly hadn’t written them off like a lot of people had.”