MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Brett Deledio of the Tigers celebrates with Kamdyn McIntosh after scoring a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium on July 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Calf injury sidelines Deledio for remainder of season 2016

Richmond has confirmed that veteran Brett Deledio will miss the rest of season 2016.

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Deledio missed the opening five weeks of the season due to a quad injury, before playing the next 11 games.

He then suffered a calf injury in Round 17, forcing him to miss the last three matches.

Richmond’s General Manager of Football, Dan Richardson, said that the persistent injury will not recover in time for the 29-year-old to return to the side before the end of the season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Brett Deledio of the Tigers looks upfield during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session on June 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 09: Brett Deledio of the Tigers looks upfield during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session on June 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“Brett loves to compete with his teammates each week, but unfortunately he won’t make it back in time to play this season,” Richardson said

“Brett’s an outstanding leader both on and off the field, and an important player in our team; we look forward to him being available for the start of pre-season.”

“We’re confident with a full pre-season we’ll see Brett playing more consistently next year, after missing a number of games this season due to injury.”

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