Berry OK but May’s day could still be delayed


“I saw it happen live. It looked like a good hit, but I haven’t watched any replays and I’m not sure whether or not he’s in trouble,” Viney said at Melbourne’s family day on Sunday.

“It didn’t necessarily look late. It didn’t look hostile or intentional to me. But it’s just the rules these days. If you elect to bump and hit someone in the head you’re in trouble. Fingers crossed he’s all good to go.

“I think Steven’s a pretty instinctual player … he felt like bumping was the right thing to do.

Viney said May was clearly in the Dees’ best 22.

Berry left the field and didn’t return for the rest of the game after the high hit from May during the final quarter.

It’s understood Berry was somewhat sore but largely OK, which could assist May in his quest to avoid suspension, given Brisbane’s medical report is likely to be taken into account.

However, the incident is tipped to be assessed as careless, with medium impact to the head, which would lead to a one-match suspension.

If May is rubbed out for the Port game, his first home-and-away appearance for the Dees could come against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium in round two.

In better news for Melbourne, midfielder Harmes – who finished third in the Dees’ best and fairest last year – is still believed to be a chance to play in round one despite suffering what Viney described as a “gruesome” dislocated finger.

Ruckman Preuss was meanwhile facing scans for a suspected low-end groin strain, while Kennedy-Harris was cleared of damage to his anterior cruciate ligament but is still expected to be facing a stint on the sidelines.

Viney’s left leg was heavily strapped on Sunday, but the midfielder said it was merely the result of a cork, and that he was expected to be available to confront the Power after getting through a VFL practice match on Saturday, as did Nathan Jones and Jake Melksham.

“I’ll have a big session on Friday, but physically I’ll be capable of performing round one,” Viney said.

“I guess it’s up to the coaches, whether they feel I’ve had enough game time to prepare for round one.

“It’s good to get back out there again, waking up a bit sore today in a good way. Body felt good.”

Viney, Jones and Melksham are among the host of Demons who have had interrupted or modified pre-seasons, however Viney insisted it wasn’t a cause for concern.

Daniel is an Age sports reporter.

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