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AFL news: Melbourne star Heritier Lumumba detained in Congo, but back safe

Melbourne player Heritier Lumumba was detained in Congo and returned to training at the club four days later than expected.

Congo officials stopped the Demons' defender at the airport on arrival due to a misunderstanding with his visa, Channel Seven reported on Wednesday.

Lumumba's father is Congolese and his mother Brazilian and it was reported he had travelled to Africa to attend a wedding.

The footballer was forced to fly to Kenya and spend a few days there before returning for the wedding.

Melbourne were understanding about the mix-up and it seems unlikely Lumumba will face any punishments for his late return.

Australian consulate officials helped Lumumba through the process.

Lumumba had surgery on both ankles in the off-season, but Melbourne staff reported recently that he was back running laps, a positive sign for Dees fans hoping their team will on their 2015 season, when they finished in 13th place.

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