Charges against Marley Williams have been upgraded to grievous bodily harm.
Collingwood AFL footballer Marley Williams has had an assault charge against him upgraded to grievous bodily harm.
The 19-year-old was arrested just after Christmas following the incident outside the Studio 146 nightclub in his home town of Albany, Western Australia.
Police alleged Williams was one of two 19-year-old men at the club involved in an argument at around 1.30am on December 27, and which escalated when the pair went outside.
Williams is alleged to have punched the man, Matthew Robertson, who was taken to Albany Regional Hospital with a broken jaw, and later airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital for surgery.
Williams had previously denied the charge of assault occasioning bodily harm, and had been due in court this month to set a trial date.
But in Albany Magistrates Court on Thursday, police said they were upgrading the charge to grievous bodily harm after further assessment of medical reports into the injuries.
Williams was listed to appear again next week.
He has already been told to work with the Salvation Army's soup van on the streets of Melbourne as part of his club's punishment regimen for his role in the late-night scuffle.
Williams joined the Magpies last year as a rookie and played six senior games. He has been promoted to the senior list.