Clark to miss Lions rematch

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 25 April 2013 | 12.50

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Melbourne forward Mitch Clark after hurting his foot last week. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

MELBOURNE forward Mitch Clark will miss at least the match against his old club Brisbane on Sunday, but the Demons say he has avoided serious injury.

Clark was rested for most of the final quarter of the Demons' big win against GWS last weekend - his troublesome right foot packed in ice.

There were fears he may have reinjured a bone in his foot - an injury which cost him half a season in 2012.

But coach Mark Neeld said scans this week showed only a minor problem, and no recurrence of the bone issue.

"The majority of it is really good news," Neeld said today.

"He's got a mid-foot sprain and he's rolled the ankle - all in that one area.

"He's not going to play this week. It will be a week-by-week thing."

Clark won't be risked in the Gabba clash on Sunday, with the Lions also hampered with the loss of key midfielder Daniel Rich for two months with a broken shoulder blade.

The Demons eased some of the pressure on themselves with a club record 12-goal final quarter to put away GWS last weekend and post their first victory of a tumultuous season.

But Neeld played down any outside pressure to back up the GWS performance with victory against another struggling club in the Lions.

He said it was more about improving weaknesses and building on strengths for a club in a rebuilding phase.

"When you're restarting a footy club and rebuilding a list, it's not done that way," Neeld said.

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"It's about 'this is what we did well', and we work to continue those strengths.

"And 'these are the areas we continue to need to improve', so we'll go and do that.

"Clubs in our position, you don't say: 'We won this week and it's really important to back it up this week'.

"We see things a whole different way."

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