Draft gun Matt Scharenberg says foot injury just requires rest

20 November 2013 6:47 AM

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Draft gun Matt Scharenberg says foot injury just requires rest

TOP 10 draft contender Matthew Scharenberg is battling sesamoiditis, but remains confident it won't impact on his entry into AFL football next year.

As the Herald Sun exclusively revealed last Saturday, Scharenberg has been told by doctors to rest his feet after developing bone-stress reactions in both of his feet.

"It's sesamoiditis - the sesamoid bone in each foot is just a little inflamed and I've been told to rest," Scharenberg said today.

"They (the feet) are not too bad. I'm just giving them a rest at the moment (and) just taking it each week at a time right now."

On the eve of the national draft, the Glenelg young gun admitted he was unsure when he would back running again or whether his feet issues would have any impact on where he is selected tomorrow.

Asked about speculation that his injury might have had a few clubs revising their thoughts, Scharenberg said: "All of that is out of my control, to be honest."

He admitted he was more than a little frustrated, but said: "I'm confident (it won't be a problem) … absolutely.

Scharenberg, 18, has long been touted as an early 2013 draft selection, but his recent issues have some suggesting he could go anywhere from St Kilda's No. 3 selection through to Melbourne at No.9.

He swears he doesn't care which club settles on him, saying: "I am just happy to get the opportunity … as long as my name gets pulled out, then I will happy wherever it is."

The kid whom Mark Williams once described as the best schoolboy footballer he had seen since Wayne Carey wants to be seen as "a player who will do everything for the team … (and who) works very hard to put the team first."

Scharenberg was riding The Claw at Dreamworld today with another expected early pick, Sandringham's Christian Salem, who could end up with Melbourne at pick 9.

Salem said the prospect of playing at the Demons under Paul Roos would be a dream come true.

"That would be so exciting, he's won a premiership at Sydney and just to have the sort of knowledge he has in the game is amazing," Salem said.

"I just finished exams last week and next week I will be training at an AFL club, hopefully."

Source: heraldsun.com.au

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