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One VFL outing proves enough for Viney

Jack Viney is back for the Demons for the first time since round 21 last season

MELBOURNE co-captain Jack Viney will return from his long-term foot injury against Carlton on Sunday for his first AFL appearance in nine months.

The tough midfielder last played in round 21 last year – having recovered from plantar fascia surgery only a month earlier – before injuring the bone towards the toes in his right foot.

Viney’s absence for the final two rounds in 2017 coincided with the Demons barely edging out Brisbane then a heartbreaking loss to Collingwood that cost them ending their 11-year finals drought.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin again stated on Wednesday that the two issues were unrelated and Viney does not regret his whirlwind 19-day return from surgery last year.

Viney played through the plantar fascia problem throughout last season before relenting to surgery after the Demons’ loss to Sydney in round 15.

The 24-year-old played in the VFL last week for the Casey Demons and reported no soreness in his injured foot.

“I think, for me, the learning out of it was the pre-season, although you try and get fit, I don’t think it’s a time to kind of push your body,” Viney told reporters.

“You still want to train hard, (but) I probably did go into (last) season sore and then there’s just no time to make it up and I felt the effects of it come round 15, where I hurt my body.

“In terms of the actual coming back from my plantar fascia, in an ideal world I would have loved to have an extra couple of weeks to really get it right.

“But, at the time, with all the information we had on the table, I felt like I made the right decision to try and come back and play.

“So, looking back, I don’t regret anything, but my learning coming from it was ‘Make sure you’re feeling good coming into the season’.”

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