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Absent defenders may be the answer for diehard Demons

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How Melbourne frame the rest of their season hangs on the result at the MCG on Sunday.

A win could be the firestarter they need to make a last-ditch run towards finals while a loss would have them on 3-7 after 10 rounds and all but planning for 2020.

Jake Lever (centre) at training earlier in May.Credit:AAP

With Jake Lever poised to return next week after two games in the VFL and Steven May a chance to resume too, the skies above Melbourne are clearing.

Whether their comebacks will be seen as a dress rehearsal for the following year or an opportunity for Demon supporters to re-establish their diminishing hopes about this season will be obvious on Sunday evening.

It's worth noting what the injuries to Lever and May have denied........

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