The 31-year-old has made significant strides since going under the knife to mend an ankle complaint in early February.
However, according to the Power's official injury report, the former Sun will be required to complete the week intact if he is to factor into Ken Hinkley's selection plans.
The 11th year steward has previously signalled that the Queenslander will not be making the trip back to his state of origin unless he is at full fitness.
In other injury news, youngster Miles Bergman will miss Port's River City date with the Lions as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. Although sidelined for Round 1, the 20-year-old is tipped to return for the club's home opener against Hawthorn on Saturday, March 26.
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Recent import Trent Dumont will also miss, with the former Roo tipped to find match fitness at SANFL level after recovering from the effects of concussion.
Port Adelaide will name their final 23-man squad for the jaunt north on Thursday, however, the likes of Tom Clurey, Orazio Fantasia and Kane Farrell will all be left in the City of Churches to rehabilitate their respective knee injuries.
The opening bounce in the battle between the pair of felled finalists is scheduled to commence at 8:10 pm AEDT.