West Australian rising star Nic Martin to miss Essendon’s AFL clash with Brisbane because of COVID-19

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Essendon’s Nic Martin will miss Saturday’s clash with Brisbane.
Camera IconEssendon’s Nic Martin will miss Saturday’s clash with Brisbane. Credit: Quinn Rooney/via AFL Photos

West Australian rising star Nic Martin will miss Essendon’s clash with Brisbane on Saturday after the club confirmed he had entered the AFL’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Martin stunned when he kicked five goals from 27 disposals and 10 marks on debut in the Bombers’ 66-point drubbing at the hands of Geelong at the MCG on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Subiaco product’s performance earned him the nod as the rising star nomination for round one, completing a remarkable turnaround having signed with the AFL club less than a month ago through the Supplemental Selection Period.

Martin though will miss the clash with the Lions after entering seven days isolation as a household contact of a COVID-19 case.

It is not known if he has tested positive as of writing.

The forward is the latest AFL player to miss a game because of the AFL’s health and safety protocols.

West Coast were without midfielder Tim Kelly and forward Liam Ryan for Sunday’s loss to Gold Coast because of COVID-19, while forward Josh Kennedy will miss the round two clash against North Melbourne.

Carlton will be without coach Michael Voss as well as forward Jack Martin and recruit Adam Cerra for Thursday night’s clash with the Western Bulldogs after they tested positive following their win over Richmond.

West Coast premiership forward Ash Hansen will coach the Blues in Voss’ absence.

The Bombers said all players and football staff would complete a rapid antigen test as normal before entering the NEC Hangar on Thursday.

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