Footy star Majak Daw is sent home from training with a cold just days before his comeback from a broken pelvis when he plunged from a bridge
- Majak Daw sent home from training on Thursday after having a common cold
- Daw is expected to make his comeback to the AFL on Sunday against St Kilda
- Coach Rhyce Shaw said he didn’t know if Daw would be tested for COVID-19
- The AFL star broke pelvis and hips after falling off a bridge in December, 2018
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AFL star Majak Daw has been sent home from training after showing symptoms of a common cold just days before he was due to make an incredible comeback.
North Melbourne Kangaroos coach Rhyce Shaw sent Daw home on Thursday morning, but said he’s unsure if the star player will be tested for coronavirus.
Daw, 29, was expected to make his comeback on Sunday against St Kilda after suffering a broken pelvis and hips when he plunged off a bridge in December, 2018.
AFL star Majak Daw (pictured with girlfriend Emily McKay) has been sent home from training after showing symptoms of a common cold just days before he was due to make a comeback
‘He has actually been sent home sick today and that’s just based on precaution,’ Shaw told reporters.
‘If he came in with the same illness four months ago he’d be training. We’re just taking the precautions as necessary. We will weigh up what that looks like on Friday.
‘I think it just the common flu or cold, he’s got the sniffles and doesn’t seem to bad. Our docs have made sure we just take all the right precautions.
‘I’ve got no idea (if he will be tested). I stay way away from that and let the professionals do their job.’
Shaw said the footy star was still hoping to play in Sunday’s line up but the decision was yet to be made.
‘He is pretty keen to play, but we’ll look at that tomorrow and the next day as well,’ the coach said.
The 29-year-old hasn’t played a senior game for two seasons after suffering a broken pelvis and hips after falling off a Melbourne bridge
‘We haven’t taken any risk with (the players) but Maj is the only one at the moment.’
The 29-year-old hasn’t played any senior games in two seasons while he was recovering from his injuries.
Daw fell from the Bolte Bridge into the Yarra River before he was found by emergency services.
He had reportedly fought with his partner and taken prescription drugs before he drove to the bridge and abandoned his car in the stopping lane.
Daw is due to make his comeback to the sport on Sunday against St Kilda
He then reportedly plunged into the Yarra River below. It is believed he was also taking sleeping medication Stilnox at the time.
Following the fall, Daw released a statement thanking fans and members for their love and support.
‘The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and anyone that knows me for that matter,’ he said.
‘I’m making huge strides with my recovery, both physically and mentally. I have been blessed with a second chance at life.’
North Melbourne coach said he didn’t know if Daw (pictured with girlfriend and son) would be tested for coronavirus