Port cautious on Rozee return, Lynch cleared to play, pair offered one-game bans

It was a very quiet day as Port Adelaide offered an update on Connor Rozee’s return to fitness, while Tom Lynch was cleared to play next round and two others were offered one-game suspensions.

There might some changes coming at Port Adelaide with Connor Rozee (AF $451k SC $288k MID/FWD*) close to a return from a heel problem.

Port Adelaide assistant coach Jarrad Schofield: “Ryan Burton (AF $541k SC $375k DEF), Todd Marshall (AF $469k SC $367k FWD) and Connor Rozee will all be in the discussion for selection this week.

“They’ve been ticking a lot of boxes in their recovery to return to play. We expect them to get some training in this week. From all reports they’re tracking well.

“They’ve got until the end of the week to prove their fitness, but we’d like to think two or three of them will be available.”

On Rozee, he said: “He’s done a lot more running last week and was doing some agility this morning. For him we want to make sure we get it right. The heel has been inhibiting his performances a little bit in terms of seeing out games. We want to make sure he’s right when he does return.”

Port have also opted to challenge Sam Powell-Pepper’s (AF $547k SC $364k MID) one-week ban for rough conduct.

Tom Lynch
(AF $396k SC $363k FWD) was found not guilty of his striking charge at the tribunal and is free to play next round.

Luke Dahlhaus (AF $504k SC $379k FWD) was offered a one-match sanction for a dangerous tackle, which may impact Brad Close’s (AF $311k SC $211k MID/FWD) selection for Geelong next round.

Brisbane’s Lincoln McCarthy (AF $443k SC $352k FWD) has also been offered a one-game ban for rough conduct.

The Bulldogs put out their latest injury list with one-gamer Callum Porter (AF $178k SC $123k MID)  out for two to three games with a groin problem.

Possible Freo ruck debutant Lloyd Meek (AF $170k SC $123k RUCK) injured his calf in their scratch match and will be out for two to three weeks.

Patrick Dangerfield is the main event in terms of media conferences on Tuesday. Otherwise it’s a quiet day with the AFL plotting a relatively significant announcement which may be delayed.

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