Gawn Missing From Melbourne Training

Jetta, Neal-Bullen also missing...

Gawn Missing From Melbourne Training Image credit: AAP

Melbourne say there's no cloud over Max Gawn for Saturday's preliminary final with West Coast despite the ruckman missing training on Monday.

The All-Australian and outside Brownlow Medal shot was an obvious absentee from the Gosch's Paddock session. 

The Demons were quick to shoot down any suggestion of an injury, saying the towering ruck simply trained indoors and would feature in Wednesday's main session. 

Gawn wasn't among Melbourne's best in their semi-final win over Hawthorn, neutralised well by opposing ruck Ben McEvoy.

The 26-year-old has been a warrior in 2018 for the Demons, playing every match and establishing himself as the game's pre-eminent ruckman.

Given he battled through a suspected late-season calf niggle to help secure finals for the Demons, unless the club is hiding something more suspicious, the big man appears certain to line up at Optus Stadium.

In-form defender Neville Jetta and runner Alex Neal-Bullen were also absent from the hour-long runout, also restricted to gym duties.

Melbourne also said the pair would appear on Wednesday to show their fitness for Saturday.

Captain Jack Viney, having returned from a serious foot issue to play in the club's two stirring finals wins, was restricted to laps in his sneakers.

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