Gawn cleared of injury, Hickey looms in Ladhams worry, McCartin praise, Hall & Salem close in

Max Gawn has been cleared of structural damage to his knee in major news for owners, while there’s some updates for Christian Salem, Tom Hickey and Elliot Yeo.

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The fears of Max Gawn (AF $944k SC $669k RUCK) missing Sunday’s game with West Coast were comforted after Melbourne confirmed good injury news.

The Melbourne injury update said: “Scans have confirmed that Melbourne captain Max Gawn has avoided any structural damage to his knee. The skipper suffered a knock to his knee during Sunday’s match against St Kilda but was cleared on Tuesday and has been given the go-ahead to train this week.”

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Christian Salem (AF $717k SC $515k DEF) is closing in on a return, listed as 1-2 weeks away now. The Dees update said: “Will return to training this week and will look to be available for selection in the next fortnight.”

Tom Hickey (AF $660k SC $535k RUCK) is also in the mix to return for Sydney, which may impact the role or selection of Peter Ladhams (AF $690k SC $513k R/F).

Sydney coach John Longmire said: “He got through that (VFL) and has pulled up really well so he’s a chance this week, we’ll make that decision in the next couple of days whether he plays or not… We’ve been playing the one ruckman with a key forward as ruck. We feel it’s an area we can explore, with two rucks.”

Longmire also praised Patrick McCartin (AF $371k SC $290k D/F) following his return. He said: “He’s played a good role for us this year, he’s been able to play down back which is a new role for him so he’s learning all the time and he’s been pretty good.”

North Melbourne Football GM Daniel McPherson offered an update on Aaron Hall’s (AF $818k SC $511k DEF) recovery from a hamstring injury.

He said: “Aaron Hall is ticking along pretty well. He’s coming through the final stages of increasing his speed at training. he’s probably still a week or two away but he’s making good progress.”

McPherson also revealed it is season over for rookie Miller Bergman (AF $200k SC $117k D/M). He said: “He had his shoulder operation yesterday, unfortunately it probably means the end of the season for him.”

Potential Draft option West Coast confirmed Elliot Yeo (AF $620k SC $470k MID) will miss another week after his concussion having entered health and safety protocols.

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