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Injury Update: Hannan, Smith ruled out

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Tim Smith of the Demons runs with the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images via AFL Photos)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Tim Smith of the Demons runs with the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

WITH just two games remaining in 2019, Melbourne has ruled Mitch Hannan and Tim Smith out for the rest of the season.

Hannan, who has missed the past three weeks with a groin injury, won’t be risked in the latter stage of the year, with Smith also set to take a cautious approach.

Smith hurt his foot during Melbourne’s loss to St Kilda in Round 19, and after an interrupted season, will be looking to get his body right over the break.

As announced on Monday, Steven May will also be sidelined for the last two rounds after hurting his hamstring in the final quarter on Saturday.

“It’s just a standard hamstring strain, so that’ll keep him out for the year,” Elite Performance Manager David Misson said.

“It’s a minor setback but shouldn’t impact his pre-season at all.”

In more positive news, Oskar Baker, who suffered a corked knee against the Magpies, hasn’t been hindered at all and will be available for selection this weekend.

Tom Sparrow also continues to make inroads in his recovery from knee surgery, with a chance to return if results fall his way.

“He’s going really well,” Misson said.

“He’s done some good work in rehab so he’s a chance to come back for VFL finals if we make it.”

Tom McDonald, who also injured his knee earlier in the season, won’t make a comeback, but is sticking to his schedule well.

“He did his first run today on the AlterG which was a good sign,” Misson said.

“He didn’t feel any pain at all in his knee so it’s tracking well.”

Finally, Corey Maynard, who announced his retirement last Friday, continues to battle hip soreness and will be a week-by-week proposition.

Check out Melbourne’s full injury list below:

Injury List

Oskar Baker | Knee – available

Corey Maynard | Hip – Test

Tom Sparrow | Knee – 2 weeks

Jeff Garlett | Shoulder – Season

Mitch Hannan | Groin – Season

Neville Jetta | Knee - Season

Kade Kolodjashnij | Head – Season

Steven May | Hamstring – Season

Tom McDonald | Knee – Season

Aaron Nietschke | Knee – Season

Joel Smith | Groin – Season

Tim Smith | Foot – Season

Aaron vandenBerg | Foot – Season

Sam Weideman | Jaw – Season

Guy Walker | Shoulder – Indefinite