Port Adelaide AFL defender Matthew Broadbent will not play for the Power this week against Fremantle after being granted a ‘leave of absence’ from football to concentrate on his mental health.

The Power released a statement on Thursday afternoon to say Broadbent’s best option for his health was to “step away from the game for a while”.

“The club’s primary focus is on Matthew’s health and welfare and we will continue to provide him with the ongoing support he requires,” Port football manager Chris Davies said.

“We can’t say at this point how long that will be but he will be given as long as he needs.”

The statement did not expand on any particular issues 28-year-old Broadbent was dealing with.

He had come back from a long-term injury lay off, playing in the Power’s last four AFL matches.

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He has played 165 AFL games since being drafted to the Power, the club he grew up following, in 2008.

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