The Courier-Mail

DEES STAR MAY MISS A MONTH

- JAY CLARK

MELBOURNE will be without one of its most important players for up to one month after gun defender Steve May was diagnosed with a fractured right eye socket.

The Dees on Monday confirmed the star backman had suffered concussion and structural damage around his right eye when he copped an accidental elbow from Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins.

May was discharged from hospital on Sunday night with significan­t swelling down the right side of his face. He will continue to be monitored for concussion symptoms over the course of the week.

It is his second concussion in five weeks after a heavy head knock in the lead-in to Round 1.

Melbourne will look to key defender Harry Petty to replace May for the clash against Hawthorn on Sunday.

In a statement on Monday the Demons said May faced a stint tint on the sidelines.

“May was discharged from om hospital on Sunday night and nd will now undergo the return to play concussion protocols, while also beginning his rehab,” the statement said.

“The club will continue to monitor the 29-yearold’s progress in the coming weeks, with his return date to be dependent nt on how the swelling settles.” .”

May has been in AllAustral­ian form to start the season.

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Melbo Melbourne defender Steven May shows off his fractured eye-socket from his hospital bed after a collision with Cats star forward Tom Hawkins (inset).

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