Fresh injury blow for Harley Bennell

Harley Bennell has suffered a fresh setback in his AFL comeback bid with Melbourne.

The unlucky midfielder reported soreness in a calf muscle at training last weekend and scans have since confirmed yet another strain.

Harley Bennell has suffered another calf strain.Credit:Getty Images

In a statement, football manager Josh Mahoney said the Demons were not overly concerned as they knew his rehabilitation process would take time.

"Harley pulled up sore following a training session on the weekend and scans have shown a low-grade strain in his calf," Mahoney said.

"While disappointing to have this occur again, we deliberately set expectations on Harley conservatively, allowing for some setbacks."

In a further blow to the Demons, Christian Salem has been diagnosed with a mild case of glandular fever but remains in contention for selection in the season opener against West Coast on March 22.

with AAP

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