Wednesday 4 January 2006


The 2006 season is already proving to be a complete disgrace, and it doesn't start for another three months.

YOUNG Melbourne on-baller Colin Sylvia is still hampered by a groin complaint heading into the heaviest load of the pre-season program.

Sylvia only completed light running and didn't try twisting or turning when the Demons resumed training at the Trevor Barker Oval at Sandringham yesterday.

The highly-rated Demon is likely to be overlooked for the NAB Cup series starting late next month in a bid to be ready for the AFL season start in March.

"We're still managing him. It is a bit of a concern," coach Neale Daniher said after training. "He had the shoulder operation and came back to training with us. He has pulled up a bit sore, so we're still quite conservative with him.

"We're still very optimistic that he will be right for the season proper. He did a bit of running and kicking today, but all on a straight line."

Sylvia, who turned 20 in November, was restricted to three senior games by osteitis pubis in 2004, although he managed 16 games last season before shoulder surgery.

"He has had it before, but he went through all of last year without a problem. So we're just making sure we keep on top of it," Daniher said.

"Everyone else is pretty good at this stage, so we're in pretty good nick."

I have a bad feeling about this year. Perhaps that's just because I'm a pessimistic bastard.

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