Port Adelaide will have a nervous wait ahead of round one after key forward Charlie Dixon pulled up short in a marking contest before limping off the ground to have ice strapped to his left groin.
The 29-year-old returned to play nine games last season after a shocking broken leg and showed great form in the first Marsh Community Series match against the Brisbane Lions.
Port coach Ken Hinkley told Fox Footy at three-quarter time he didn’t think Dixon’s injury was too serious but he would be taking no risks with Dixon.
“He gave his groin a little bit of a nick,” Hinkley said.
Hinkley needs Port Adelaide to make finals in 2020 to retain his job and Dixon shapes as a key player in their campaign.