Majak Daw to return from pectoral injury within weeks – completing fairytale bridge plunge comeback1 juin 2020
Majak Daw will make his fairytale return to the AFL within weeks after being told he will not need surgery on his torn pectoral muscle.
The 29-year-old met with surgeon Greg Hoy on Monday who said he will not need to operate, meaning Daw can return to the field in as little as three weeks.
‘I’ve had a fair bit of information come my way and that’s why we’ve come to the conclusion today that I don’t need surgery,’ Daw said.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos defender ruptured his pectoral muscle in the gym on Friday doing a dumbbell press – delaying his comeback from injuries suffered in a bridge fall two years ago – and has now pledged to push himself in recovery.
Majak Daw (pictured with girlfriend Emily McKay) will make his fairytale return to the AFL in as little as three weeks after surgeons told him his torn pectoral muscle does not need to be operated on
‘Obviously it’s pretty well known that I haven’t played for a long time and I just miss playing footy,’ Daw said.
Daw was due to return to the AFL this season for the first time since falling from the Bolte Bridge and suffering horrific hip and pelvic injuries in 2018.
He will likely miss his highly anticipated comeback against GWS Giants on June 14, but was determined to overcome the setback and grace the AFL field once again.
‘It’s a new injury. It’s a new challenge, but the hunger’s still there to come back and play AFL footy,’ Daw said.
Daw (pictured with girlfriend Emily McKay) has pledged to push himself in his recovery to return to the field sooner
Daw was the first Sudanese-born player to play in the AFL when he made his debut with the Kangaroos in 2013.
He enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, playing 18 matches as defender, before he was pulled from the Yarra River with injuries to his hips and pelvis on December 17.
Daw had reportedly fought with his partner and taken prescription drugs before he drove to Bolte Bridge in Melbourne and abandoned his car in the stopping lane.
He then plunged into the Yarra River below.
Following the fall, Daw released a statement thanking fans and members for their love and support.
Daw has not played in the AFL since falling from the Bolte Bridge in 2018. Pictured: Daw with girlfriend Emily McKay and their son Hendrix Kuat William Daw
‘The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and anyone that knows me for that matter.
‘I’m making huge strides with my recovery, both physically and mentally. I have been blessed with a second chance at life.
‘My attitude and outlook towards everything has improved. I hope to be back out there playing in the blue and white stripes soon.
‘Thank you all for respecting my need for privacy and for giving me the chance to get better going forward.’
Daw made one of AFL’s greatest comebacks and returned to North Melbourne after recovering in March last year.
He then played his first senior game since Round 23 in 2018 in the Marsh Community Series AFL pre-season competition.
Daw was on the cusp of selection for Round 1 this year but was forced out by illness and the coronavirus suspension of the AFL season.
Despite the new setback, Daw said he is still hungry to return to the AFL. Pictured: Daw training in Melbourne in November 2019