The fairytale comeback of Majak Daw has been curtailed with the North Melbourne defender suffering a cruel injury setback.
The 29-year-old tore a pectoral muscle during a gym session on Friday, ruling him out of playing his first game since 2018 indefinitely.
Before his latest injury, Daw was on the verge of a remarkable first AFL appearance since suffering serious hip and pelvic injuries in a fall from the Bolte Bridge in December 2018.
He was picked to play in the Roos’ round one game against St Kilda in March but was a late withdrawal after coming down with a minor cold.
“Maj was doing his weights program and felt a sharp pain on his right side during a chest exercise,” North’s football manager Brady Rawlings said.
“He was sent for scans and the imaging showed a tear.
“We are seeking expert opinions as to whether surgery will be required and will make a call on that in the coming days.
“Majak has had an unfortunate run with injury of late but we will support him and ensure he can recover well, and hopefully build up to playing games again this year.”