Demons star Clayton Oliver has been released from a Melbourne hospital.
The four-time best-and-fairest winner is reported to have been released after undergoing an X-ray and CT scan.
SEN’s Tom Morris reported Oliver was admitted at Footscray Hospital around 9am for a number of hours before being discharged early on Thursday afternoon.
The Herald Sun reports Oliver has assured friends and family he is OK.
Oliver is reported to have reached out to Demons officials to notify the club, which was still looking into the situation early on Thursday afternoon. The club is yet to make a public comment, but is expected to release a statement on Thursday afternoon.
Oliver has had a tumultuous month after he was linked with a bombshell trade to the Adelaide Crows.
The 26-year-old has made a commitment to the Demons and chief executive Gary pert last week said the club will support Oliver through the “personal circumstances” he had been dealing with in 2023 that led to speculation about his future.
Oliver is contracted until 2030 and is one of the club’s highest-paid players and immediately became the subject of interest from several clubs when speculation about his future at Melbourne intensified.
According to reports, the Demons had earlier given Oliver an “ultimatum” that he would be shown the door if his behaviour off the field did not improve.
Oliver had recently moved in with Demons captain Max Gawn and his wife.
Oliver was in attendance at Melbourne’s best and fairest awards night on Friday.
Speaking ahead of the event, co-captain Jack Viney admitted there had been some concerns over Oliver throughout the season.
“Obviously we‘ve had some challenges with Claz (Oliver) this year,” he told Nine News.
“But we‘re really passionate about putting our arms around him and supporting him and we want him a part of this football club.
“He‘s one hell of a player and a much loved player in the team.”
Pert’s letter to club members last week regarding Oliver’s future was also strongly worded.
“The Club has been aware of and supporting Clayton with his personal circumstances for some time and is committed to continuing to do so,” he said.
“While Club leaders focus on the care and support Clayton needs, we also have a responsibility to uphold our strong Club culture for the benefit of all our players and staff. We have a responsibility to ensure that everyone within the Club is committed to meeting the expected behavioural standards of a player within an AFL high performance environment.
“Clayton understands what is expected of him as a professional athlete, as well as the standards and behaviours a Melbourne person is expected to uphold.”