AFL coach quits interview in health scare
MELBOURNE expect Simon Goodwin to coach them in Sunday's AFL match against GWS, despite the mentor being forced to cut short his mid-week media conference.
Goodwin suddenly asked for a break on Wednesday during his regular media opportunity at AAMI Park.
He was feeling dizzy and immediately went to see a doctor.
Goodwin's voice trembled at one point while attempting to respond to a question about some potential good news surrounding the club's injury list.
He pulled up halfway through his answer and politely asked if he could step away from the cameras and microphones.
The club and assistant coach Troy Chaplin confirmed to the gathered media that Goodwin was receiving medical help, just moments after the coach was forced to walk away.
The Demons assistant said Goodwin was simply feeling "light-headed".
"We expect him to coach this week," Chaplin said.
"He's very good at managing himself... he felt a little bit light-headed, there's nothing to it as far as we know.
"He's catching up with the doctor now, he just said he was feeling a little bit light-headed.
Goodwin had also appeared red in the face during his final answer before he looked over at Demons football boss Josh Mahoney and asked for a time-out.
Goodwin immediately left the room and a few minutes later, Chaplin stepped in to express his "shock" at seeing his boss suffer a scare like that.
"It's a little bit of a shock," he said.
"Goody will be fine."
Before his dizzy spell, Goodwin had been upbeat as he spoke about the easing of the injuries plaguing Melbourne so far this season.
Defender Jake Lever will have at least another week in the VFL as he returns from his knee reconstruction.
"Another week won't hurt him and make sure we really finish that rehabilitation off strongly," Goodwin said.
"I think Jake will end up indicating to us when he's ready to play. He's getting very close."
Goodwin also said the signs were good for Tim Smith, Alex Neal-Bullen and Christian Salem after they were concussed last weekend in the loss to West Coast.
He said they all ran on Tuesday and remain in the mix for selection.
"It's only early, but they're progressing well, so we're hopeful they'll play," he said.
Goodwin added that Jordan Lewis, Sam Weideman, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan and Jay Kennedy-Harris were also available after recovering from injuries.
- with AAP