Melbourne superstar Clayton Oliver has left the club’s training camp to deal with personal medical challenges, 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary has revealed.
The Demons are in Lorne for a four-day training camp ahead of Christmas, but Oliver went home on Monday night after the first day of the camp.
“Clayton Oliver has headed home from Melbourne’s training camp in Lorne to deal with personal medical challenges,” Cleary tweeted.
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Melbourne football manager Alan Richardson later confirmed Oliver will be taking a break.
“Clayton is taking a break as he continues to deal with some issues,” he said in a statement.
“We are continuing to support Clayton and managing his program in a way that prioritises his health and wellbeing.
“His teammates and staff remain confident he is making good progress.”
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It’s the latest chapter in a troubled off-season for the 26-year-old.
Last week, Cleary revealed Oliver is set to face court in January after allegedly driving with a licence that was suspended on medical grounds.
He had been banned from driving after being hospitalised by a seizure in October.
Oliver allegedly refused to abide by doctors’ orders, getting behind the wheel in the aftermath of his medical episode.
He was pulled over by police and charged with driving while his licence was suspended.
Clayton Oliver has had a troubled off-season. Credit: Seven
It’s been a disastrous 2023 for the premiership star, who battled injury for most of a year that had, until the hamstrings setbacks, already been sub-par by his high-performing standards.
He was then forced to meet with club leaders amid intense trade speculation that dominated the days leading up to this year’s trade period.
Oliver later vowed to improve his professionalism and see out his seven-year, $7 million contract.
That was all before his stint in hospital, where he arrived by ambulance, which was the result of a head knock, the club said in October.
“The hospital completed a number of tests and Clayton has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home,” Melbourne said at the time.
“The club will continue to work with Clayton and his medical support team to ensure he receives all the necessary treatment.”
He was put through a series of scans and assessments before being discharged and picked up by friends.
The club held crisis talks on the eve of the trade period to discuss if Oliver’s future was at the club or elsewhere.
His professionalism was called into question during a troubled season.
He only managed 15 games for the season, missing 10, and ended up in hospital with a foot infection that was, according to the club, caused by a blister.