JASPER Pittard is in doubt for Port Adelaide’s season opener, after injuring his hamstring in Port Adelaide’s loss to Richmond on Sunday.
Pittard, 25, limped off the ground at Malseed Park in the second term after pulling up short while rebounding from Port’s defence.
He was never sighted thereafter.
Pittard will have scans on Monday to determine the length of his stint on the sidelines, with the Power anticipating he could miss as much as a month of footy.
Ken Hinkley must now turn to veteran Matthew Broadbent — who has had a limited preseason because of his own hamstring injury — for the club’s first round match against Sydney at the SCG.
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“Broadbent will be ready,” Hinkley said.
“If he does not play next week — and that is touch-and-go — he will be right for Round 1.
“So he will play in the bye week (between the Hawthorn trial and Sydney opener to get match touch).”
Compounding Port Adelaide’s problems in defence are the suspensions of Nathan Krakouer and Jarman Impey.
Impey was fined and suspended for a match by the club after an alcohol-fuelled incident which saw him crash into four cars in December last year, while Krakouer was offered a one-match ban from the MRP for a late bump on St Kilda’s Sean Dempster last week.
The one silver lining to the Power’s disappointing 28-point loss was that star forward Chad Wingard’s injury was less serious than first thought.
Wingard, 23, hobbled off the ground in the last quarter.
But Hinkley confirmed he was merely suffering from a “corky”.
CROWS, CATS PLAY WAITING GAME ON TWO YOUNGSTERS
Adelaide’s Dean Gore received a heavy bump from Nakia Cockatoo in the final term of the club’s six-point win over Geelong.
Gore jogged off the ground groggy, after his head was driven into the turf.
He’ll be monitored throughout the week to see if he’ll be available for the Crows’ clash against Brisbane on Saturday.
Geelong also didn’t get through the match unscathed, with Lincoln McCarthy injuring his shoulder in the first half.
He should be available for the Cats’ match against Essendon on Sunday, with the club confident of fielding a close to full-strength team in their final preseason hit out.
SMITH’S LUCKLESS RUN CONTINUES
Roarke Smith will undergo his second knee reconstruction in 18 months, after scans confirmed he’d torn his ACL on Thursday night in the Bulldogs’ loss the Lions.
Smith was visibly distressed when he left the field and was immediately comforted by teammates, including captain Bob Muphy, in the change rooms after the match.
“Scans today confirmed Roarke has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and he will undergo a traditional reconstruction on Monday,” Bulldogs head physio and medical manager Chris Bell said on Friday.
“Roarke’s a highly regarded member of our playing group and we’ll put all our efforts into supporting him through his recovery.”
Carlton’s horrific 92-point loss to St Kilda was soured even further by injuries to Dylan Buckley (hip) and Charlie Curnow (shoulder).
While Brendon Bolton was unsure of the extent of the damage to the pair, he remained optimistic both would be available for Friday’s last JLT clash against Fremantle.
“(Curnow) copped a knock to his shoulder,” Bolton said.
“Hopefully it’s a stinger, but we’ll assess that thoroughly during the week to see how he comes up.”