Ridley suffered a head knock in the Bombers’ 57-point loss to Brisbane on Saturday night and under the AFL’s new concussion protocols will be sidelined for the next 12 days at a minimum.
That period will eclipse Essendon’s traditional ANZAC Day clash with the Magpies, as both sides remain desperate for a victory this season.
Ridley has been key for the Bombers across the past 12 months and has been in All-Australian form this season under new coach Ben Rutten.
In what will be Rutten’s first ANZAC Day game at the helm of the red sash, Victorian crowds could be increased to one hundred per cent capacity in time for the showcase match.
One hundred percent Anzac Day is a real possibility, the AFL introducing full covid tracing for all Victorian games from next week (fans must register name and mobile). More @7AFL shortly at midday
— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) April 18, 2021
Crowds in Victoria are currently limited to 75% capacity and could be in line for a further increase given the state’s stronghold on the COVID-19 virus.
The prospects of 100% capacity would likely see close to 90,000 fans flock into the MCG to watch the Bombers and Magpies clash.
Port Adelaide defender Dan Houston is also facing a nervous wait after suffering a shoulder injury in his side’s 28-point win over Carlton at the MCG.