Melbourne captain Max Gawn has gone down with a suspected knee harm simply minutes into Friday night time’s blockbuster towards Brisbane.
Demons midfielder Jack Viney innocuously ran into Gawn’s left leg within the early phases of the primary quarter.
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The ruckman was instantly in ache and went off the sector and down into the rooms for evaluation together with his head in his fingers.
He was changed by Melbourne’s substitute Jake Melksham, leaving new recruit Brodie Grundy to shoulder the ruck work towards Brisbane’s Oscar McInerney and Darcy Fort.
Gawn was noticed within the rooms nursing an ice pack on his knee, trying extraordinarily dejected.
“That picture is value 1000 phrases if you’re seeing it,” Gerard Whateley mentioned in commentary on SEN.
“And in case you’re not, it’s despondency if ever you’ve seen it.”
The precise nature of the harm isn’t clear but and Gawn returned to the interchange bench and can doubtless endure scans on Saturday.
The premiership captain and six-time All Australian torn the ACL in his proper knee twice early in his profession.
Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph reported the “finest case state of affairs” could be a medial ligament pressure that may rule Gawn out for a few months.
“The silver lining is it’s not his proper knee, which has been surgically reconstructed,” Ralph mentioned.
“However didn’t that physique language simply inform you a story of desolation.”
Demons head of soccer mentioned Alan Richardson Gawn’s preliminary prognosis was “cheap”.
“Clearly a sore knee,” Richardson advised Channel 7 at halftime.
“We don’t know far more actually. I do know there’s a picture going round that means he’s feeling actually down and that results in potential ACL stuff. That’s not the case.
“We’re going to should scan it. Our medical doctors are saying he feels cheap…”
Brisbane dominated the midfield battle within the first quarter and led 38-13 on the first break and 52-32 at halftime on the Gabba.