GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield has a habit of exaggerating his injuries, according to former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes.

Dangerfield suffered a lower left leg injury in the first quarter against Hawthorn on Saturday which forced him to basically play on one leg.

However, Cornes claimed Dangerfield had a history of overstating his injuries.

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"He does exaggerate injuries," Cornes told Channel Nine on Sunday.

"In his time at Adelaide, his teammates had to sit him down and say, 'Look, you do carry on a little bit with your injuries'.

"And he does (carry on), so I'd be surprised if he missed with that injury yesterday."

Dangerfield was injured when he attempted to kick the ball but his foot made contact with Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead.

The 27-year-old appeared to be in significant pain as he limped to the rooms with the help of trainers, but returned to play through the discomfort.

He received further treatment at quarter-time and played exclusively as a forward, finishing with 5.6 from his 20 disposals and 12 marks in the Cats' three-point win.

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Geelong takes on Adelaide on Friday night in a top-of-the-table blockbuster at Adelaide Oval.