Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury is unlikely to play in the next fortnight as his comeback from a broken leg appears to have stalled.
The Magpies were hopeful that the 24-year-old would return from a cracked tibia - suffered in the club's 97-point win versus Gold Coast a fortnight ago - against West Coast at the MCG on Saturday.
He only missed one game in that period - a seven-goal triumph against Melbourne on Queen's Birthday - and was optimistic about returning after the club's bye.
That now appears in doubt though, after an injury list posted on the club's official website on Monday revealed that he would be two weeks away from a return.
With matches against the Eagles and Fremantle to come in the next fortnight, the loss of Pendlebury - who also suffered a broken leg in the 2009 season - will be a big blow.The 24-year-old was previously the favourite for the Brownlow Medal but has now drifted to $9 in the markets at sportsbet.com.au, leaving him behind Jobe Watson ($6) and Gary Ablett ($7).