Deledio unlikely to appear in AFL grand final clash

The GWS Giants will head to the AFL grand final almost certainly without legend Brett Deledio this weekend. Deledio is retiring at the end of the year after a 275-game career having suffered his 31st calf injury earlier this month in finals. Deledio is pictured with daughters Milla and Charlotte. Photo: GWS Giants.

It would take a miracle for Brett Deledio to make a comeback in time for this weekend’s AFL grand final.

Deledio, who has ties to Dunolly, announced his retirement from professional football just a few months ago after more than 250 games between his time at Richmond and now GWS.

In a cruel twist, Deledio’s niggling injuries returned in finals and will likely see him out for this weekend’s grand final clash between his former and current side.

Deledio moved to GWS at the end of 2016, then watched his former Tiger teammates experience premiership success in 2017.

After suffering another calf injury in GWS’ elimination final win over the Western Bulldogs, he looks highly unlikely to feature in the last day of the season — bar a minor miracle.

Deledio spoke to Nine’s Sunday Footy Show after the game earlier this month, in which he sustained his 31st calf injury, and at the time said he had a “glimmer of hope” of making a return for the rest of finals.

“I’ve got a scan to find out the full extent of it. I’m holding onto a little bit of hope that it’s not as bad as what I feel at the moment,” he said.

“I felt it midway through the first quarter and I knew that if I came off then I wouldn’t be allowed back on and I’d put my teammates under risk for the rest of the finals series, so I wanted to play my bit.

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