Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury will be sidelined until Christmas after suffering a knock to his leg at training last week.
The Magpies confirmed on Monday that the veteran's injury is related to the hairline fracture in his leg that was sustained in July.
Pendlebury missed the remainder of the 2021 season after suffering the setback against Port Adelaide, but has since made a return to training ahead of the new year.
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The 33-year-old is now set to return to the sidelines for the coming weeks, with the club having to place a plate in his leg to aid his recovery.
“Although frustrating for Scott, this is a minor setback,” Collingwood football boss Graham Wright said in a club statement.
“Given his previous injury we are being cautious. He will need a minimal amount of time off his legs but will be fine to go when the program returns to training in the new year.”
Pendlebury will enter a 17th season in the AFL next year, also having led Collingwood as captain since 2014.
The Magpies are yet to confirm whether Pendlebury will remain as captain of the Magpies next season.