Steven May has received tremendous news on the injury front in his recovery from a fractured eye socket and a concussion.

Melbourne are set to be boosted by the return of Steven May earlier than expected when the gun defender resumes his 2021 campaign on Anzac Day Eve, after a Tom Hawkins elbow left him with a ghastly eye injury and a concussion.

AFL.com.au reports that the former Sun was a strong performer at a Demons training session at Casey Fields today, hinting that he’s on the verge of returning to the field for Saturday night’s mouthwatering clash with Richmond at the MCG.

A Hawkins elbow in Melbourne’s win against Geelong at the MCG in Round Four put May in hospital with a fractured eye socket and a concussion.

But although the 29-year-old’s expected recovery timeframe spanned two to four weeks, he will have missed just one game if he runs out against the Tigers this week.

May’s looming return means the Demons are set to be bolstered by their chief key defender in a clash with two of the most damaging key forwards in the league: Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt.

In further Demons injury news, coach Simon Goodwin revealed that only one of key forwards Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (stress fractures in upper leg) would return for the duel with the Tigers this week.

That’s despite the fact the duo combined for 10 goals in their second matches back from injury in the VFL on Sunday.

Weideman appears more likely to return this week than Brown because the 23-year-old lined up in the ‘A’ team in today’s 18-versus-18 simulated training, sharing a forward 50 with Tom McDonald and Luke Jackson.

Brown slotted into the forward line of the ‘B’ team.

This week’s match against Richmond will mark the 300th AFL game of former captain Nathan Jones, one of the Demons’ favourite sons.

The second-placed Melbourne outfit will be on the hunt for a sixth-straight win to start the season.

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