PORT ADELAIDE ruckman Paddy Ryder has been cleared of major damage to his Achilles tendon but still faces around a month on the sidelines as he recovers from tendonitis. 

The club’s Head of High Performance, Ian McKeown, says Ryder felt discomfort early in the third quarter of Saturday’s 50-point win over Fremantle at Adelaide Oval. 

“Paddy has been managing issues in that area for several years now so we got ice on it immediately and, as you saw, he took no further part in the game,” McKeown said. 

“Given his history, we’ll be conservative be with his rehabilitation.” 

Jared Polec reported soreness in his adductor following the weekend’s game. He’ll be assessed during the week to determine his fitness to face Sydney at the SCG on Easter Sunday. 

Young midfielders Willem Drew and Cam Hewett will resume running next week as they recover from sore spots in their foot and shin respectively. 

Veteran defender Matthew Broadbent will begin running the following week after having surgery on his ankle in mid-February

Injury List 

Jared Polec – adductor (assess)

Paddy Ryder – Achilles tendon (5-6 weeks)

Jasper Pittard – hamstring (3-4 weeks)

Matthew Broadbent – ankle (TBC)

Willem Drew – foot (TBC)

Cameron Hewett – shin (TBC)