Melbourne and AFL legend Ron Barassi will miss the Demons' premiership party at the MCG this Sunday after confirmation that the 85-year-old and his wife, Cheryl, had contracted Covid-19.
According to reports from AFL Media, the 10-time premiership player and coach was said to have first developed symptoms after attending decorated ruckman Peter Keenan's birthday in late October.
While both Mr. and Mrs. Barassi are currently in isolation, their symptoms are reportedly not severe enough to have required hospitalisation.
Former club head coach and Big Freeze pioneer Neale Daniher will hand Goodwin his Jock McHale Medal alongside David Neitz.
However, Melbourne are yet to announce who will take over the silverware duties in Barassi's absence.
40,000 Melbourne fans are set to file into the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 10 am this Sunday for their first chance to see their heroes hoist the premiership cup in person since 1964.
Supporters who wish to see each of the club's previous cups ahead of time will have the opportunity to do so from 8 am.