Gold Coast hopes utility Wil Powell has avoided another horror ankle injury after being stretchered off during its 28-point loss to Adelaide on Saturday.
Powell's left ankle buckled in a marking contest early in the final term, halting play for more than five minutes as medical staff attended to the 23-year-old who was in significant pain.
It's the second ankle injury in as many seasons for Powell after he suffered a broken and dislocated ankle in a game against the Crows in 2022.
"We're hoping it's not bone related, it might just be ligaments, so we wait for the scans," SUNS caretaker coach Steven King said.
"Wil is a fantastic player for us, so to lose someone like that ... it's going to impact the way we go about it.
"The boys really care for each other as well.
"He has been in that situation before, where he has had a serious injury and there's certainly that concern you could see on the boys.
"You just hope, a) the player's welfare is OK ... then secondly, how the group is going to respond and try and lock back into a game of footy to win.
"As ruthless as that sounds, you just need to get on with it."
After Powell's injury, the Crows kicked five of seven goals to clinch the win.