AFL grand final: Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin isolated from the team in Perth with illness

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Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has been sidelined by illness. Michael Klein
Camera IconMelbourne coach Simon Goodwin has been sidelined by illness. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

Melbourne officials are confident coach Simon Goodwin will be back at work on Saturday after being forced into isolation a week out from the AFL grand final with a mystery illness.

Goodwin missed an open training session on Friday and a press conference after falling ill with gastro-like symptoms.

Assistant coach Troy Chaplin filled his spot at the media opportunity and revealed both Goodwin and assistant Adem Yze were isolating at their hotel.

“He’s woken up a little bit crook – both him and Ooz (Yze),” Chaplin said.

“They’ll be fine come tomorrow but the club didn’t want to take any risk. The docs said to stay back.

“I think that‘s always a concern but at the moment it’s just those two boys who have woken up a little bit ill but all the players are going to be right to go.

“Given the stakes at hand, it’s important to make sure we don’t have something that sweeps through the whole club.”

Chaplin revealed Yze had his second Covid-19 vaccination yesterday and said that “could have had an impact”.

But it’s expected that both coaches will be back up and running, possibly as soon as Saturday foi the club’s main training session, which is set to include match simulation

All players were present at Friday’s session and, having had a day off on Thursday, had not come into contact with Goodwin.

Melbourne players are back in the community and interacting with the public having served their quarantine in Perth.

Melbourne training
Camera IconMelbourne coach Simon Goodwin has been sidelined by illness. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

Goodwin’s illness comes just a week after six members of Geelong were struck down with a bug before that left several players bed-ridden and with fevers before losing last weekend’s preliminary final to Melbourne.

But Melbourne still have eight days before next Saturday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs and Chaplin was confident it wouldn’t have a major impact on preparations.

“If it’s going to happen, you’d rather it happen now,” he said.

“At the moment it’s just those two guys and as of eight o’clock this morning they just went straight back to their room and there was no cross-contamination between coaches or players.

“Because we‘re out of lockdown and doing our own thing I don’t think it’s got anything to do with where we’re staying. Those boys were out yesterday. It’s unfortunate, it’s one that’s not high risk at the moment, the club is just taking every precaution possible.”

The Demons had a light session on Friday in front of more than 500 fans ahead of a closed match practice training run set for Saturday.

 

Originally published as AFL grand final: Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin isolated from the team in Perth with illness

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