Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray has left training early as intrigue persists about his fitness ahead of the historic AFL match in Shanghai.
Power coach Ken Hinkley insists Gray will play and they have another training run ahead of Sunday’s match against Gold Coast.
But Gray’s training is being managed, amid speculation he has a groin niggle.
He also iced his right calf as teammates completed Thursday’s training run at Jiangwan Stadium.
Gray is coming off a poor game in last weekend’s home loss to West Coast.
“He’s fine; he’s here; he’s in Shanghai; he’s ready to play,” Hinkley said earlier in the day at a promotional function for the match.
“Rob is no different to any other player. He has niggles that he deals with and he’ll be fine to play.”
Hinkley was asked about the ongoing speculation over Gray’s fitness.
“Robbie was beaten by his opponent on the weekend,” the Power coach said.
“I’ve had that conversation with Rob – he gets embarrassed by some of the hysteria that goes around about his groins or not his groins.
“Rob is just a normal player and he can have bad games … hopefully, not again on Sunday.”
Apart from the history surrounding Sunday – the first AFL match outside of Australia or New Zealand for premiership points – there will be several personal milestones.
It will be the 100th game for Ken Hinkley as Port coach and the same for Travis Boak as their captain.
This will also be the first time key forward Charlie Dixon will play against his old club.
“He’s in great form – that’s one good thing,” Hinkley said.
“Charlie’s played the best football I’ve seen him play in his career in the last couple of weeks, particularly, but over the course of this year.
“Obviously, it’s a first-time opportunity to play against his old club. He doesn’t need to do anything extra; he just needs to be part of the Port Adelaide team.”
Hinkley smiled when it was pointed out the venue meant a less-hostile reception for Dixon from the home crowd than if it was at Metricon Stadium.
“We’ll have a good number of our people in the crowd, so he’ll feel at home,” Hinkley said.