Port expect Ryder to overcome ankle injury

Jul 17, 2017

Port Adelaide expect influential ruckman Paddy Ryder to overcome an ankle injury in time for Saturday's AFL game against Melbourne.

The Power are also bullish about defender Matthew Broadbent being cleared to return from his ankle injury.

Broadbent's comeback after two games out would leave the fourth-placed Power with no players on its injured list.

Ryder hurt his right ankle in a marking contest during Port's 70-point win against North Melbourne last Saturday.

"I have spoken to him this morning and he's pretty positive so I would imagine he would be ready to go," Port assistant coach Michael Voss told reporters on Monday.

"It will be a good battle because he's up against a fairly handy ruckman in (Melbourne's Max) Gawn, who gives them first use, and Paddy's been in wonderful form throughout the whole year."

Voss said Ryder was unlikely to train until Thursday ahead of the MCG encounter against the seventh-placed Demons.

"We will give him every opportunity. By Thursday, he will be on the park and have a bit of a kick around and see how he's going," Voss said.

"He has had such a huge workload this year that missing a training session at this time of the year isn't such a bad thing."

Broadbent has missed three of the past four games, including the last two, because of an ankle strain.

"He should be available," Voss said.

"He is one of those ones that has had a slow build-up, a bit of a hiccup, but we think he will be right later in the week."

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