Scans confirm the worst for Magpies skipper

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UPDATE: Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury will miss the remainder of the season after scans confirmed he suffered a hairline fracture in his lower left leg during Collingwood's 28-point loss to Port Adelaide last night.

The 33-year-old was substituted out of the game at quarter-time after landing awkwardly in a first-term tackle.

The six-time All-Australian limped off the ground during the opening term and was immediately assessed by the Magpies' medical staff in the rooms. And while Pendlebury tried to prove his fitness in a series of run-throughs on the boundary, the 334-game champion was ruled out for the remainder of the match.

"Unfortunately, Scott will miss the remainder of the season," Collingwood football boss Graham Wright said.

"It takes a bit to bring him down. He has been durable almost beyond belief to have played 334 matches across 16 seasons but a fracture, however small, requires appropriate treatment and care.

Scott Pendlebury (Getty)

"There is no displacement and Scott is relatively comfortable. As captain he will stay close to our very young group over the last month of the season to contribute as a leader and, as usual, we'll see him back on the track on day one of pre-season training."

Pendlebury said after the game that the injury, which was caused by a knock just above his ankle, felt like a previous setback.

"I've broken my leg before and it's a little bit similar to the pain I experienced with that," Pendlebury told ABC Sport.

"It's really sore around the bone in the middle of my leg, the muscle around that is really tight. I tried to run or kick and it didn't feel right."

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury. (Getty)

Pendlebury tallied six touches in the first term, two of which were contested.

Collingwood led Port Adelaide by five points at the quarter-time break before sliding to a 14.13 (97) to 10.9 (69) loss.

In a blow to Collingwood's victory chances on top of Pendlebury's injury, the Magpies' medical substitute was 211-centimetre ruck-forward Mason Cox.

There's not a more dissimilar player in the competition to Pendlebury than Cox.

Port Adelaide's win ensured the 300th AFL game of gun midfielder Travis Boak was an occasion to cherish.

Travis Boak is chaired from the ground by Port Adelaide teammates Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper after his 300th AFL game. (Getty)

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