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Aussie Rules: Hinkley plays down Dixon expectations

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says it would be unfair to expect too much of Charlie Dixon as the gun forward prepares to make his first appearance of the season against Essendon on Sunday.

The Power have got their season back on track following a disastrous 0-5 start and they will be boosted further by the return of their star forward Dixon when they face the Bombers.

Ankle injury issues

Dixon has not played a game this season as he has been battling back from an ankle issue and he has been badly missed.

He will play alongside Jeremy Finlayson and Todd Marshall in a new-look forward line and Hinkley is delighted to have him back. But he also says it would be wrong to expect too much too soon as it will take him time to get back into the swing of things.

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"Charlie is a pretty imposing figure to get back in your team, but he's coming back (from) a very long time out," Hinkley said ahead of the game.

"We shouldn't have too many expectations. We know that Charlie, today, will be a far better Charlie in two or three weeks' time.

"But we had to get him in the team, we need to get him in the team and playing because we have a bye next week and getting a game into him is really important."

Bombers threat

Port Adelaide are the hot fancies going into the game but Hinkley says like always he will be taking nothing for granted.
"I'm wary of the competition, I always am," Hinkley added. "It's a terrible spot that I live in, sometimes, there's not a game that I think any other way around (than) is it a danger game? Is it a risk game?"

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