Port Adelaide are optimistic young duo Xavier Duursma and Zak Butters have avoided serious injury following the Power's thrilling two-point win over Richmond on Friday.
Initial fears suspected Duursma may have suffered significant damage to his ACL, with, coach Ken Hinkley hoping scans show a more minor diagnosis.
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Butters also suffered a knee injury in the second half of the match and was eventually subbed out of the game after several tests.
Speaking post-game, Hinkley revealed there were some promising signs early for the duo of casualties.
“There was a bit going on out there in the carnage. There‘ll be a couple we need to assess, so I can’t give you updates,” Hinkley said, per Fox Footy.
“Without being too optimistic, we‘re positive (Duursma) might not be the worst case with a knee injury – and we all know what that is, an ACL. It doesn’t mean it’s not, but at this stage, there’s some optimism around that, because they do some tests initially.”
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Zak Butters (AF $618k SC $488k FWD)@PAFC coach Ken Hinkley: "We'll scan him & see how he is. There's was a bit of knee & ankle. When we get the information you'll know straight away." #AFLFantasy #SuperCoach #AFL
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The Power were also hit with setbacks to defender Tom Clurey (cork) and forward pair Connor Rozee (cork) and Orazio Fantasia (ankle).
Thursday's win places the Power in the top-four for the time being, sitting with a 3-1 record after the opening month of action.
Port Adelaide are set to face Carlton next week before clashes against St Kilda, Brisbane and arch-rivals Adelaide.