Port Adelaide have confirmed that forward Charlie Dixon has a leg fracture and his AFL season is over.
Dixon will need surgery after he landed awkwardly in a marking contest during the third term of Saturday’s loss to West Coast.
The Power hope that Paddy Ryder (hip) and Dan Houston (neck) will play in next weekend’s big match against Collingwood after they were also injured on Saturday at Adelaide Oval.
The four-point loss to the Eagles is massive, leaving the Power in danger of missing the finals.
They play the Magpies next Saturday at the MCG and then host in-form Essendon in round 23.
Port medical services manager Tim O’Leary said Dixon has a fractured right fibula.
“We are still working out a timeline for surgery but he won’t play again this year,” O’Leary said in a club statement.
Now the Power have a nervous wait especially on Ryder, arguably their most important player.
He aggravated the hip flexor injury from earlier this season and sat out most of the second half against West Coast.
Houston was stretchered off in a neck brace after a marking contest and was taken to hospital, but he went home on Saturday night and was cleared of major damage.
“Houston and Ryder will be assessed during the week and could face Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday,” the club said.