Port Adelaide youngster Zak Butters volition beryllium sidelined for astir a period aft suffering different genu wounded successful his long-awaited comeback game.
Playing successful his archetypal lucifer since Round 4, Butters managed 10 disposals successful the Power's 31-point nonaccomplishment to Melbourne connected Friday night, earlier landing awkwardly pursuing a marking contest.
Scans connected Friday confirmed that the 20-year-old had sprained the medial ligament successful his close knee.
Butters has endured a wretched tally with injuries this season. He injured his syndesmosis tendon successful Round 4 against Richmond, earlier requiring country for a nervus contented successful his near knee.
"Sometimes erstwhile you person a atrocious tally ... it goes against you," Port Adelaide manager Ken Hinkley said of Butters' wounded luck successful 2021.
"You get back, you're excited astir getting backmost and past each of a sudden, archetypal crippled back, thing other happens."
Butters is the 2nd Port subordinate successful consecutive weeks to endure a genu wounded aft Kane Farrell ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) successful his close genu successful Round 16.
Port Adelaide faces a travel to Melbourne to look a resurgent St Kilda broadside successful Round 18, desperately requiring a triumph if it is to unafraid a apical 4 decorativeness and a treble accidental successful the finals.