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Port's Salopek rotten injury run continues

01/04/2011 03:28:59 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide midfielder Steven Salopek's injury woes continue with a hamstring problem ruling him out of Saturday's AFL clash with West Coast.

Salopek, who managed only seven games in a season cruelled by injury last year, strained a hamstring at training on Wednesday.

The onballer was also likely to miss round three, Port coach Matthew Primus said on Friday.

Primus said he had yet to decide which emergency - Jason Davenport, Brett Ebert or Nick Salter - would replace Salopek.

"We're not sure who comes in but Sal will definitely miss this week and, you would think, probably the week after," he said.

Port summoned veteran Chad Cornes for his first AFL game since Primus was appointed coach last July.

The 31-year-old replaced forward Jay Schulz, who will miss two months with a knee injury.

Cornes is among Port's 2004 premiership players to receive a voicemail message this week from a board member, asking for a $5000 donation to Port's debt reduction fund.

Port's greatest player, the retired Warren Tredrea, refused, saying he was offended at being asked via a message.

But Primus, who was Port captain in 2004 but missed the grand final win through injury, said he would be digging into his pockets.

"The club is putting a lot of work into making sure we can be as competitive as we can be on and off the field," Primus said.

"There are quite a few ex-players and people around the club who are willing to help in any way they can, and that is all we're asking.

"If the (players) want to donate they can for sure, and we'll discuss that.

"Most people have been pretty positive about it so it hasn't fractured the club at all."

Primus also dismissed any great advantage for his players having an extra day's rest than West Coast for the AAMI Stadium fixture.

"West Coast has a day less and it probably helps us a tiny bit, but players don't think that when they're out on the deck," Primus said.

" ... Once the ball is bounced the guys forget how fatigued they were the week before."

The Eagles recalled Daniel Kerr for his first AFL game since tearing a hamstring off the bone in round four last season.

Ruckman Nic Naitanui and Patrick McGinnity also return for the Eagles, who lost Mark LeCras (groin) and Chris Masten (knee) to injury and omitted forward Ashton Hams.

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