“Unfortunately, Steven had some fluid build-up within the existing wound last week which was causing him some discomfort,” Demons head of football Josh Mahoney told the club’s website.
“We expect Steven to be back running next week and we’re confident this is only a minor hiccup.”
The Demons said May, a former Gold Coast Suns co-captain, will be sidelined for the next week. May had enjoyed a very strong pre-season campaign prior to Christmas, and had shed about six kilograms from last season’s playing weight.
The latest surgery comes as Demons ruckman Max Gawn recovers from a torn medial ligament in his twice-reconstructed right knee, suffered at the club’s camp in Queensland last week.
Gawn was running again in training in Melbourne yesterday so while the injury caused a scare when it occurred it is not likely to unduly effect the All-Australian’s preparation for the upcoming AFL campaign.
Midfielder Angus Brayshaw is also getting over an elbow injury suffered last month when he smothered a kick during training. The injury has meant he has been restricted in some activities but has been able to continue running until he resumes full training in about a fortnight’s time.
Melbourne will face Adelaide at Casey Fields on February 22 in what is the first weekend of the Marsh Community pre-season series.
Melbourne famously had a disasterous pre-season campaign ahead of last season with a large number of players undergoing surgery following the 2018 season. It meant their 2019 campaign was compromised before it began.
While these three injuries will cause some minor interruption they are not akin to what occurred last year and the Demons remain bullish about their pre-season.