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Aussie Rules: Lever back for Demons

Melbourne have been handed a huge boost with the news that Jake Lever will return to action when the Demons take on Port Adelaide on Thursday night.

The Demons are priced at 21/50 to beat Port, who have yet to win this season, and the return of Lever will help their chances even more.

Foot injury

Lever had been suffering with a plantar fascia injury which forced him to miss the first three rounds of the campaign but is now set to return from the foot injury.

The news is a boost but does present coach Simon Goodwin with something of a headache over who to take out of the side to make room for Lever.

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Joel Smith looks to be the one to be left out but Goodwin admits it is not an easy decision.

"Jake's ready to go," Goodwin said. "That is a real challenge for us at match committee about who exits the team in this situation.

"Our back seven have held up really well. Adam Tomlinson, Joel Smith and Angus Brayshaw have been able to come into that back seven and perform really strongly for us."

Three talls the way forward

Meanwhile Goodwin is sure about one thing, playing three talls in his forward line remains the best option for the Demons.

"It is tight for spots and they're all performing really well," Goodwin added. "Sam Weideman's been working incredibly hard on his game.

"He came in and performed incredibly strongly, which is great for our footy team, but it does give us a selection headache."

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