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Viney to miss a month due to hand surgery

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ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Jack Viney of the Demons is tackled by Chad Wingard of the Power during the 2016 AFL Round 10 match between the Melbourne Demons and Port Adelaide Power at TIO Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Jack Viney injured his hand against Port Adelaide

MELBOURNE midfielder Jack Viney will miss at least three weeks after having surgery on a fractured knucklebone in his hand.

He injured his hand in the 45-point loss to Port Adelaide last Saturday in Alice Springs.

Viney was offered a one-week suspension by the Match Review Panel on Monday after a series of punches to Brad Ebert's face. He was hurt before the blows that saw him suspended, which occurred in the third term. 

Demons football manager Josh Mahoney told the club website Viney would have surgery on Monday.

“Early in the first quarter on the weekend, Jack injured his hand and scans today (Monday) have shown he has a fracture in his knucklebone,” he told melbournefc.com.au.

“This requires surgery and he will be having surgery this afternoon.  

“At this stage we expect him to miss approximately three to four weeks of football.”

The Demons face Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday, before facing Collingwood and the Sydney Swans, with the bye to follow.