Collingwood’s star defender Jeremy Howe will play no further part in the Magpies’ season, succumbing to a knee injury he suffered in round four.
The Pies had been optimistic that Howe could get back from his ruptured PCL in 2020 but over the past week or two that hope had faded.
On Sunday the Pies officially confirmed those efforts had ended.
“Howey, we know, has really run out of time with his serious injury,” Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh said. “He continues to rehab and do quite well but both he and the doctors realise that time has run out for him in terms of him getting back.”