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Matt Burgan  September 2, 2014 5:00 PM

AFL 2014 Rd 23 - North Melbourne v Melbourne

Max Gawn of the Demons leaves the field on crutches after the 2014 AFL Round 23 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on August 30, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

RUCKMAN Max Gawn has avoided having his third knee reconstruction, after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Gawn, who suffered a knee injury in Melbourne’s final match of the season against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium last Sunday, said on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon that he didn’t tear his anterior cruciate ligament.

“Somehow i have dodged an acl! Only a scare! Surgery went well, 10 weeks and im back training #betterthen12months #finallysomeluckonmyside,” he said.

Gawn has played 26 AFL matches since making his debut in round 11, 2011 against Essendon at the MCG.

He made nine appearances this season, including the final four rounds.

Gawn returned to the side late in the season after some scintillating form in the VFL. Still only 22 years old, he remains an important long-term prospect.