MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - 1964: Ron Barassi of the Melbourne Demons in action during a VFL match held in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Getty Images)

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 Mediathe 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.

Despite this positive news, Barassi will still miss the opportunity to present both Max Gawn and Simon Goodwin with Melbourne's 13th premiership cup in front of a sea of Demons diehards on Sunday.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: The Demons celebrates after the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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.

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