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Aussie Rules: Gawn fit to face Eagles

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has confirmed Max Gawn is fit and raring to go ahead of Sunday’s clash against the West Coast Eagles.

The Demons are priced at 1/100 to beat the struggling Eagles and they are boosted by the news that Gawn is fit to take his place in the side.

Knee issue

Goodwin picked up a knee issue in last weekend’s victory over St Kilda and sparked fears that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.

The star ruckman was sent for scans but thankfully for all concerned they cleared him of any damage and he will take to the turf at Optus Stadium in the west.

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"He's definitely going to be playing. He's fully fit, he's training today, he's out there doing some centre bounce work," Goodwin told reporters ahead of the game. "He's firing on all cylinders and wants to go out and perform well for the club."

No rest required

Melbourne have got the season off to an impressive start when winning their opening eight games.

Even without Gawn they should have enough to see off the Eagles, but Goodwin says it is too early in the season to rest players. And he insists that Gawn is fit enough to play. They are not taking any risks with him.

"From a high-performance perspective, if there's any player who has an injury, we won't play them," he added. "But that's not the case and we're not in the phase of resting players, we want to build our cohesion. We want to play our best footy and Max is a big part of that."

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