Richmond star Brett Deledio has an Achilles tendon injury and will definitely miss Friday night’s big AFL clash against Collingwood.

Richmond have suffered a major blow ahead of the must-win AFL match against Collingwood this weekend, with Brett Deledio’s injury worse than first thought.

Coach Damien Hardwick has admitted the All Australian utility has an Achilles tendon injury, not an ankle as first thought.

Deledio was forced to miss last weekend’s loss to the Western Bulldogs, breaking his run of 140 consecutive games.

“He’s had it (the problem) for a number of years,” Hardwick told Fairfax Radio.

“It `grumbles’ at various stages and … it normally grumbles during the pre-season so we can manage it a little bit.

“But unfortunately it’s happened during the season this year.

“He won’t be available to play this week … we hope he gets back for the (Easter Thursday) Brisbane game.”

Hardwick added defender Alex Rance was a chance to return in round six as he recovers from a broken foot.

Friday night’s clash is crucial for the Tigers and Magpies, who have one win apiece from the opening three rounds.

Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell did not train with his team-mates on Wednesday as he tries to recover in time from an ankle injury.

Sam Dwyer (knee) and Dayne Beams (ankle) were also hurt in last Saturday night’s loss to Collingwood.

Key defender Nathan Brown, who dislocated his shoulder in the round two win over Sydney, could be a selection bolter for this week.

“He’s recovered really well – he’s quite bullish about his chances,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.