May played decider with serious hamstring injury

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Steven May played through Melbourne's grand final win with a hamstring injury that would've normally seen him miss up to six weeks, scans have revealed.

May's health was one of the major storylines in the two-week lead-in to the grand final after he pulled up lame during the Demons' preliminary final win over Geelong.

After his side's 74-point win in the grand final, May revealed that he had asked Melbourne's medical staff to not let him know the results of his hamstring scans.

"I think I had a little nick and I think in a normal season, [he would miss] three or four weeks," he said.

May gutted out the second half of the match despite being laboured and was able to celebrate his first AFL premiership (Getty)

"But they didn't want to tell me that, and I settled really well with my symptoms, I trained and I was strong. So I put my hand up to play."

However, a three-to-four week hamstring was aggravated in the second quarter as the Bulldogs gradually started to get on top around the ground.

"I think in the second quarter I went for a groundball and it wasn't great," May told the Seven Network after the match.

"I just thought whatever happens I've just got an hour to get through and I can fix the hammy in the off-season."

The All-Australian defender says he felt his hamstring go in the second quarter of the grand final (Getty)

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin also touched on the All-Australian defender's condition in the lead-up to the grand final.

"Every step of the way he passed all his tests - all his strength markers, all his stuff was right on track," he told Nine's AFL Sunday Footy Show.

"He trained and didn't miss a beat and in the end you couldn't not pick him."

May finished the grand final with modest numbers of 14 disposals and five marks, but played a key role in holding Bulldogs spearhead Aaron Naughton to just one goal.

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