Sunday, 6 March 2005

It lives!

Adem "The Terminator" Yze. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

MELBOURNE'S indestructible midfielder Adem Yze will be fit to continue his remarkable 178-match unbroken run after being diagnosed yesterday with only minor ligament damage to his shoulder.

Yze was in pain after he crunched his right shoulder in Melbourne's practice match against St Kilda on Friday and the club feared he might have seriously damaged his collarbone.

Tests yesterday showed he had strained his shoulder, and while he will miss Melbourne's last hit-out against Adelaide on Friday it won't prevent him playing in Round 1 against Essendon.

Football manager Chris Fagan said the injury had occurred where the sternum connected to the clavicular bone, which runs across the front of the shoulder joint.

"It is not a serious injury. He probably won't play this week in the practice game on Friday night, but he will fine for Round 1," he said.

In other sick note related news,

X-rays cleared Russell Robertson of any damage yesterday after he injured his back in a marking contest and he might play on Friday.

Jared Rivers trained late in the week after recovering from a broken right hand and is likely to play against Adelaide.

Friday absentees David Neitz (stiff back), Travis Johnstone (hip flexor), Alistair Nicholson (broken finger), Cameron Bruce (corked leg) and Steven Armstrong (back) should be fine for Round 1.

Hands up if you forgot Stevie Armstrong was still on our list. I did.

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