Demons’ Smith in doubt for AFL preliminary
Joel Smith’s well-timed AFL return could come to a shuddering halt after the Melbourne defender suffered a hamstring injury at training.
He was set to undergo scans on Wednesday and is in doubt for Friday night’s preliminary final against Geelong at Optus Stadium.
But Demons chief executive Gary Pert confirmed that Smith was injured during Tuesday’s training session in Perth.
“We had a pretty big session yesterday, but I do know they’ll be looking at Smithy’s leg,” Pert told SEN.
“The one thing we can do is we can be pretty conservative.
“We don’t have a view either way (on Smith’s availability).”
Fellow defender Michael Hibberd and Jayden Hunt could take Smith’s place, while former captain Nathan Jones is also trying to force his way back into the senior lineup.