MELBOURNE midfielder Angus Brayshaw will take an indefinite break from the game after suffering his fourth concussion in the past 12 months.
The 21-year-old hasn't played since May 14 after sustaining his latest head knock in the VFL, and club captain Nathan Jones told radio station RSN on Tuesday morning the Demons would take a cautious approach with the midfielder.
"I caught up with Angus last week and he's having a small period away from the club, just to recover from his latest head knock," Jones said.
"I think he'll probably take a period of time out of the game, as long as that is I'm not too sure at this stage.
"I guess there's a process of getting tests and seeing how he's progressing with the normal SCAT (concussion) testing and whether that testing goes to another level.
"We expect (him) to getting back playing again."
Jones said Brayshaw was in good spirits despite his worrying predicament, but also "bloody unlucky".
The prolific ball-winner has only played 33 senior games since being taken with pick No.3 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's got a really positive mindset about it and wants to get some luck back," Jones said.
"He's just got to get back on the bike … practicing some of his techniques and build some confidence back again and just get out there and play.
"I think he'll be right, but obviously (it's) a tough time for him trying to work through the whole process and where it sits with all the media hype around concussion, which is an interesting debate in itself.
"I think 'Gussy' will be fine and he'll be back again better than ever."
The return of Jesse Hogan is starting to become clearer, with the key forward also in good spirits as he recovers from testicular cancer surgery.
Jones said the 22-year-old wasn't far away from returning to the club after enduring a month that saw him lose his father Tony to cancer and then found himself battling the disease.
"He's back home in Perth with his family for a small period of time, and then he'll be back at the club next week," Jones said.
"'Hoges' was super positive leading into (the cancer treatment), I thought he handled the entire situation with so much maturity considering the media scrutiny and personal stuff with his old man.
"He was still able to have a laugh about it, see the bright side of things and attacked it with positivity."