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Oliver sent for scan after training accident

Melbourne star Clayton Oliver was sent for a scan after suffering a dislocated finger in training on Wednesday, but the Demons still expect him to face Port Adelaide on Saturday.

The Demons have confirmed Oliver left Casey Fields for analysis following the incident, but have no concerns about his availability ahead of the blockbuster clash at Adelaide Oval.

It comes as coach Simon Goodwin said he was “really confident” key defender Jake Lever would play despite missing the second half of the win over Hawthorn with a knee problem.

Lever’s availability will be a major boost to missing Melbourne backline star Steven May, who Goodwin said could only miss a week after suffering a painful rib fracture and minor fracture of the spine.

Goodwin said May was even lobbying to take on the Power, but he said the club would not be “idiotic” by pushing away the defender.

“Steven May will just be the week we think about at the moment. He’s going to run around a little bit today…and that might seem a little strange to people, but just to have a guide to where he is,” Goodwin said.

“We are confident he will travel to Adelaide with us. And we really hope he plays next week.

“He’ll be knocking on the door asking to let me in (this week), but I don’t expect that to be the case…we certainly won’t be stupid in this space.” We will make sure he is right.

Goodwin was tight-lipped on the end of the field where he would deploy swingman Harrison Petty, saying Adam Tomlinson or Marty Hore could replace May.

“We’re really confident (Lever) will play. So he will train today. We are really confident that he will be able to get through this session and be available for this week,” said the coach.

“So it’s exciting for our club after the weekend where there was a bit of pessimism over the absence of two key defensive pillars.

“If I told you (where Petty would play) I would say Port Adelaide… we have a few options.

“You know, Adam Tomlinson played some good football. Marty Hore also plays big. So we have a few options in the back half of the field.

“Harrison is one of those players you would like to have at either end of the floor. So we will make this decision probably tomorrow.

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