Harry is back for Blues, May ‘deserved a clip’ for restaurant rations, Robbo . says

Star Carlton spearhead Harry McKay is ready to make a shock return from a knee injury in time to meet Essendon on Friday night.

Blues coach Michael Voss confirmed on Thursday morning that McKay, who has been sidelined since Round 8, will make an earlier-than-expected comeback against the Bombers, barring any last-minute hiccups.

He is an absolute pro so that has given him the best chance to come out,” said Voss.

“He came out of the surgery reasonably well and that’s always a good start, and he was able to get into his rehabilitation quite quickly.

“He might be a week or two ahead of where he should be, but if you ask Harry, he always had his eye on this round.

“We’re glad he’s back. We’ve done a great job maneuvering our team around, and there’s been some flow-on effects, but we’re able to calm our team back down in the front half and around the ball. †

McKay will be joined on the team by defender Caleb Marchbank, who has been named for his first AFL game since 2019 after overcoming persistent knee injuries.

However, the Blues are without star defender Jacob Weitering, who suffered a shoulder injury two weeks ago in their loss to Collingwood.

Harry McKay of the Blues kicks a goal

Harry McKay (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

‘He deserved a clip’: More details emerge about May rant that sparked Dees brawl

New details have emerged about the infamous fight between Melbourne pair Steven May and Jake Melksham on Sunday night, in which May is said to have slashed a number of teammates before the altercation broke out.

AFL 360 co-host and Herald Sun Chief footy writer Mark Robinson dismissed the demons’ claim that the incident was just a “fight”, saying it was a “fight” and that the club had “undervalued” the seriousness of what happened.

“It’s a brawl, it’s a fight involving players and teammates,” he said.

“I think the Melbourne supporters have every right to think they underestimated this.

“So he [Melksham] punched someone in the mouth and his [May’s] tooth has opened its hand – it is not ideal.

“In fact, Jake Melksham attacked Steven May. He punched him in the face.

“If they weren’t teammates, the police would investigate and say ‘that’s assault’.

“Should the AFL integrity look at it? Can be.

“Community service shouldn’t be a punishment – ​​it should be part of what you do as an AFL player.

“Maybe the AFL didn’t address this strongly enough.”

It is now believed Melksham intervened after May aimed it at teammate Joel Smith as part of his diatribe, allegedly criticizing him for being unable to play last year due to injury.

May played the famous Demons final with a torn hamstring.

Robinson was scathing in his criticism of May, saying that the Demon star deserved not only the club-imposed suspension but also the ‘clip’ he received from Melksham.

“You’re going to hate this, but he deserved a clip. Violence is not the answer … but my God,” Robinson said.

“Steven May is by all reports a very, very good guy. But when he comes to the juice, he opens his mouth.

“Maybe stop drinking the juice and open your mouth and get yourself in trouble.”

Former Demon Jordan Lewis, no stranger to success as a four-time premiership player at Hawthorn, said May would struggle to regain the respect of his team-mates after opening a ‘gap’ within the club.

“Once you win a premiership there is an automatic divide in the football club – like it or not,” he said.

“Being involved with a club and being one of those players who was lucky enough to be successful would have been a statement I would never have said to any other team-mate.

“It’s going to be really hard for ‘Mayzie’ to get over it.

“If it’s things a player was drinking and he screwed up, forgive that player and forget about it. But those personal attacks that would have happened over dinner are hard to overcome.”