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Port lose key backman Clurey for AFL clash

By AAP Newswire

Port Adelaide's reliable defender Tom Clurey will miss Sunday's AFL game against Fremantle because of injury.

Power coach Ken Hinkley says Clurey is battling a foot injury, but has flagged an AFL recall for ruck recruit Scott Lycett.

Lycett was dropped three weeks ago but is set to replace novice ruckman Peter Ladhams in Port's side to host the Dockers.

"It would be reasonable to think he (Lycett) will come back in," Hinkley told reporters on Thursday before selection was settled at a match committee meeting.

"He has played really well (in the state league) and we have been selecting on merit all year and we'll continue to do that."

Hinkley signalled former Gold Coast defender Trent McKenzie was likely be summoned for his first AFL game this season as a replacement for Clurey.

Rookie Xavier Duursma was also in the frame to return from a heel injury which kept him out of Port's lacklustre 86-point loss to North Melbourne last weekend.

The Power's fixture against the Dockers, who on Tuesday sacked Ross Lyon as coach, is the last game of the AFL's regular season.

Port sit in 11th spot on the ladder - a win behind eighth-placed Western Bulldogs.

For the Power to sneak into the finals, they need ninth-placed Adelaide to down the Dogs in Sunday's earlier game, while also hoping Hawthorn lose to West Coast on Saturday night.

The Adelaide-Dogs game is scheduled to finish just before the start of Port's twilight fixture.

Hinkley said the outcome of the Crows' game would be impossible to ignore for his coaching staff and players.

"I would imagine it would be splattered around everywhere, it won't take much to keep an eye on it," Hinkley said.

"It will be hard to ignore when the time comes.

"But the reality for us is whichever way that is, there's an obligation for us to play a proper game of football and give ourselves a chance to either continue on, or finish on a strong note."