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Aussie Rules: Hinkley optimistic as duo close on return

Port Adelaide have been handed a huge boost with the news both Orazio Fantasia and Charlie Dixon could be just weeks away from making a return to action.

Port are priced at 4/1 to make finals following a disappointing start to the season that has seen them pick up just one win in the first six games.

Injury issues

Their cause has not been helped by the fact they have been missing key players, in particular Fantasia and Dixon.

The attacking pair both underwent surgery in pre-season and have not played a game in the 2022 campaign. But hopefully that is not too far away now.

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Coach Ken Hinkley is sounding more optimistic than ever about getting the duo back playing.

"I am optimistic and that hasn't always been the case," Hinkley told reporters. "Dixon and Fantasia are moving along quickly ... some really promising stuff.

"Whether that is two, three weeks further, I don't know exactly, but I think it's getting closer.
"It's a genuine race right now I reckon, I have got some optimism about them both coming back."

St Kilda test

The Power picked up their first win of the season against the West Coast Eagles last week and now face a huge test trying to back it up against St Kilda on Saturday.

Saints currently sit fifth on the ladder after winning five out of their six games so far.

"We understand the challenge that we come up against this week,” Hinkley added. "The competition is proving again and again, isn't it, that whatever happens you have just got to be at your best otherwise the corner that you feel like you might have turned doesn't count."

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