Collingwood champion Scott Pendlebury has been ruled out of the Queen's Birthday clash with Melbourne after suffering a 'minor' crack to his tibia.
Pendlebury suffered the injury during the early stages of Sunday's 97-point thrashing of Gold Coast, when Josh Caddy crashed into his leg, sending a shudder through Magpies' supporters at the ground.
He did return to the field, however, and gathered 17 possessions before being substituted at half-time for Kirk Ugle in what was initially called just a precautionary measure.
But according to the club's football manager Geoff Walsh, he has suffered an injury.
"He had a scan this morning revealing a slight crack in the top of his tibia. He'll be on crutches for 3-4 days," Walsh said on Monday afternoon.
"He won't play this week and we have a bye the following week, but beyond that we're pretty confident he'll come up the following week."But if the Demons thought they were getting a break not having to face Pendlebury next Monday, Walsh said Dane Swan should return to the team in his place.