Power play down star injury

15 September 2020 16:35:38 GMTPlus10

Port Adelaide have confirmed key defender Tom Clurey has a hamstring injury but should be fit enough to play finals.

There have been concerns over the fitness of Clurey but Port's assistant coach Brent Montgomery has played down the severity of the injury and says he will be back soon.

Clurey will be forced to sit out Monday's clash against Collingwood, which is the last of the home and away season, but that should be it.

The Power are also boosted by the fact they have a bye the following week which will give the player extra time to recover ahead of a push for grand final glory.

"Tom Clurey has a minor hamstring injury, not a cork," Montgomery told reporters on Tuesday. "He won't play this weekend, but we'd expect him to be ready for finals."

Port now have to decide who will step in to replace Clurey against the Magpies, with Jarrod Lienert, Sam Mayes, Cam Sutcliffe, Miles Bergman and Joel Garner all in the frame.

Early reports suggest that it will be Lienert that gets the nod.

In other injury news, Montgomery confirmed that Connor Rozee should be fit to face Collingwood despite suffering from cramp, but Ryan Burton remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Zak Butters misses out through suspension but will be available for the finals.

Irrespective of the result against Collingwood, Port are guaranteed a spot in the top two and will host two finals at the Adelaide Oval.

Port are priced at 5/1 to win the grand final.

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