Demons on alert as ill coach Goodwin isolates with gastro symptoms

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin and assistant coach Adem Yze have missed the Demons’ training session after waking up with gastro symptoms on Friday morning.

The pair decided to isolate from the team as a precaution, with no other players or staff members showing symptoms.

The illness comes just a week after six members of Geelong, the Demons’ preliminary final opponents, were struck down with a bug before the game that left several players bed-ridden and with fevers.

With the pre-grand final bye in place the Demons still have eight days to wait before the game against the Western Bulldogs and were expected to have a solid hit-out this Saturday, having played just two matches in the past three weeks.

Melbourne assistant coach Troy Chaplin stood in for the absent Goodwin at a media conference on Friday.

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