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Aussie Rules: Dixon boost for Port

Port Adelaide have been boosted by the news Charlie Dixon is making good progress from injury and should be ready for round one of the 2022 AFL campaign.

Port are priced at 9/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and forward Dixon will be pivotal to their plans for the campaign ahead.

Injury scare

The Power have been sweating on the fitness of the 31-year-old after he tore ligaments in his ankle when landing awkwardly during a marking contest in training.

However the good news is Dixon has been able to avoid surgery and new defence coach Chad Cornes says the player should be fully fit within the next month.

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"I think the news is getting more and more positive day in, day out. It looks like surgery – at this stage – won't be required," Cornes told reporters on Monday morning.

"When he initially did it, it looked quite serious; he was in a lot of pain and the talk around it was he would require surgery and be out for up to three months. That was a little frightening to start with, but it's getting better and better every day."

Fantasia concerns

However the news is not as bright concerning Orazio Fantasia who is struggling to make the season opener against the Brisbane Lions on 19th March.

The 26-year-old needs further surgery on his knee and Cornes admits it is a concern.

"Both knees were looking really good when we returned from the long break in November. He just had a minor flare up during training," he added.

"The other knee has recovered really well, but this one isn’t at the level that you would hope after what he went through in the off-season. It's not disastrous at this stage. He'll look to run on Wednesday and we'll know more after that."

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