NORTH Melbourne forward Taylor Garner has escaped major injury with a hamstring strain he suffered against Melbourne expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks.
Garner was injured in the third quarter of North's thrilling win over the Demons on Sunday and played no further part in the game.
North announced on Tuesday that scans had revealed Garner had a low-level strain that would keep him out for no more than three weeks.
"It's a pretty standard minor hamstring injury and the good news for Taylor is that he'll likely only be sidelined for a couple of weeks," North football chief Geoff Walsh told NMFC.com.au.
"Scans backed up our medical team's initial assessment that it was only a low-level strain.
"While he had a lengthy lay off in 2014 with hamstring-related issues, we are confident this latest injury is only a minor one."
In 2014, Garner missed the entire premiership season after rupturing his left hamstring tendon in a NAB Challenge game against Hawthorn.
The former Dandenong Stingray had hip surgery at the end of 2014 and did not return to North's senior team until round 15 the following season.
Garner finally enjoyed an injury-free pre-season this summer and carried that momentum into round one, when he kicked two crucial goals in North's 10-point win over Adelaide.
At 186cm, the fourth-year forward gives North's forward line a point of difference with his ability to mix it at ground level and in the air.
The 22-year-old signed a new two-year deal with North earlier this month that ties him to Arden Street until the end of 2018.
Garner was North's first pick in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, at No.15 overall.