Majak Daw will not require surgery on his torn pectoral muscle, preserving the North Melbourne defender’s hopes of an AFL comeback this season.
Daw suffered the injury during a gym session on Friday but on Monday the Kangaroos confirmed he would not need to go under the knife, with the defender returning to the club to commence his recovery.
Daw had been on the verge of making his first AFL appearance since suffering serious hip and pelvic injuries in a fall from Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge in December 2018.
He was originally scheduled to return in round one this year but had to pull out of the clash with St Kilda due to a minor cold.
Daw had been tracking towards North Melbourne’s round two game against GWS when he felt a sharp pain on his right side during a chest exercise in the gym on Friday, with scans revealing a tear.
The 29-year-old has played 50 AFL games for the Kangaroosnsince making his debut in 2013, with his best season coming in 2018 when he played 18 games as a key defender.
His most recent AFL game was in 2018 but he returned to action at VFL level last year.