AFL Rd 4 - Port Adelaide v Richmond
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09: Xavier Duursma of the Power comes off injured during the 2021 AFL Round 04 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 09, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Saturday night's thrilling affair between Brisbane and Port Adelaide was marred by a handful of injuries to key personnel across both camps.

The Lions ran away 11-point victors in the high-tension encounter, which left both sides with bumps and bruises as the final siren sounded at the Gabba.

The Power took the brunt of the injuries as Xavier Duursma (collarbone), Trent McKenzie (knee), Robbie Gray (knee), Aliir Aliir (foot/ankle) and Connor Rozee (foot/ankle) all required attention throughout the match.

Duursma was subbed out of the game for veteran Steven Motlop early into the game, having been rushed off the field after suffering a heavy blow to his upper body.

Early signs suggest the emerging midfielder is understood to have avoided any major damage to his collarbone, while the same can be said for McKenzie's knee, with the defender having been stretchered off after awkwardly landing on his left leg.

"Xavier looks like he's OK structurally, not a break or anything," Port coach Ken Hinkley said post-game.

"At the time we were fearing it may have been broken.

"And Trent, we don't know, we think he may have escaped the worst. We'll wait and see.

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"On the initial tests, our doctors are very experienced, and are reasonably confident that as an ACL goes, it's probably not that.

"Again, I don't want to go off too early and get it wrong."

The Power gave up a four-goal deficit to start their 2022 season 0-1, with limited rotations throughout the match catching up with Hinkley's side for the final periods of the game.

Gray, Aliir and Rozee were all assessed in the rooms throughout the match, compounding rotation headaches for the South Australian club.

Reports from News Corp suggest the club are fearing an unwanted outcome for Aliir, who may require surgery on a syndesmosis injury.

An operation of that nature could see the All-Australian defender ruled out for 8-12 weeks in what would be a major blow for the Power.

All five of Port Adelaide's hindered ensemble are set to undergo scans on Sunday as the club begin to weigh up their selection planning for Round 2.

Hinkley drew attention to fatigue potentially playing a role in his side's inability to hold the Lions at bay.

"I think by the end … maybe we were just a bit out on our legs. Maybe," he added.

"I'm not saying that's 100 per cent because Brisbane lifted and took it to another level and we couldn't keep coming.

"I said to the boys, if we can play that way every week, we'll win a lot more football games than we'll lose."

Brisbane's win came with its own collateral, as skipper Dayne Zorko had his evening end early after suffering a suspected Achilles injury.

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Young defender Harry Sharp was subbed into the match in place of Zorko, with the latter's latest setback potentially linked with an operation the veteran Lion underwent in the pre-season.

"He felt something pop in the back of his calf area," Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

"His Achilles is fine and he's got strength. There's some little theory floating around at the moment that where he had the little procedure, that might be a bit of scar tissue that moved.

"We'll wait and see because sometimes these things can turn into something bigger the next day and we won't really know until earlier in the week.

"I just hope more than anything that we get to see whether he can play a bit of half-back this year and that the injury is not too serious."

Brisbane trio Daniel Rich (hip), Lachie Neale (finger) and Jarrod Berry (shoulder) were also under injury clouds throughout the win, however were able to play out the game.

"I think he got a bit of a knock on the shoulder. It was right at the end of the game so I don't know if there's any damage there," Fagan said of Berry post-match.

The Lions will be looking to double their wins tally next Saturday when they travel to Marvel Stadium to face the Bombers, while Port Adelaide will host Hawthorn the same day in hope of their first victory.