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Changes incoming for Port heading into Round 7

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15th July, 2020
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Heading into Round 7 Port Adelaide will be forced into making two changes.

Cam Sutcliffe (hamstring) and Brad Ebert (suspension) will both be unavailable when they face Carlton on Sunday.

Here is a look at who could come into the side.

Xavier Duursma
Duursma has put together a good week of training since his hamstring injury a couple weeks ago. He will however need to train without limitations when the club has their final session on Friday.

If he passes then I expect him to be one of the ins for Sunday.

Xavier Duursma

(Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Tom Rockliff
Dropped from the side last week due to his performances, especially against Brisbane and with Port’s midfield playing reasonably well against GWS, I just do not feel there is a spot for him at this stage.

With Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper already in the midfield group, adding Rockliff would simply slow it down too much.

Is there another position he could play? At this stage probably not, so Rockliff might have to wait another week before returning to the Power’s engine room.

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Jarrod Lienert
He was a little bit unlucky not to be included last week, with Cam Sutcliffe instead getting the nod to replace Riley Bonner. Always on the fringes of the 22 each week, he is another who realistically could slot in across half back.

Mitch Georgiades
He is one of my picks to get the chance at AFL level again, taking over Brad Ebert’s half forward role. Georgiades impressed in his debut against the Gold Coast in Round 1, kicking two goals from his 11 disposals but it was his high flying that caught the eye. He is one I would like to see come in this week.

From all reports there are several Power players pushing hard in training, putting pressure on the selected 22 to perform each week with youngster Miles Bergman along with Sam Mayes having impressed on the track in this week.

However, Riley Bonner may have to sit out this week again, although it would not surprise me to see Ken Hinkley pull the trigger and bring him back after only one week out of the AFL side.

Changes are coming this round with Port to announce the squad of 26 on Thursday night before trimming that to 22 on Friday, but just who will get the nod?

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Knowing the Port Adelaide coaching group, your guess is as good as mine.