A calf injury that was initially supposed to keep Nick Maxwell out for no longer than three games will deny the former Collingwood captain from playing for a fourth-straight match this weekend.
Maxwell said on Tuesday he was struggling to overcome the complaint and would miss Sunday night's clash against Carlton at the MCG.
"I will not play this week, but I'm hoping I might be a chance next week," he said on SEN.
"It must be something to do with the age, I just can't seem to get over that next hurdle, but I had a really good session yesterday and I'm hoping I might have turned the corner.''
On Saturday night, Maxwell was involved in a traffic accident when a pedestrian dashed from behind a tram and Maxwell was unable to avoid him. The man, 36, lay on the road for several minutes but was later cleared of injury.
"It was a scary moment but it all ended well,'' Maxwell said.
Maxwell played down Saturday's boundary-line incident between Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and ruckman Jarrod Witts, in which Buckley grabbed the youngster's jumper and pointed at him in an animated manner.
"It was a lot more than people thought it was in terms of what 'Bucks' was saying to him, it was just about believing in himself," he said.