STAR forward Charlie Dixon is in line to make his long-awaited return from injury this weekend.
Dixon had off-season ankle surgery after being injured at training and suffered a set-back in his rehabilitation last month, requiring a second procedure to clean out some troublesome scar tissue.
The 31-year-old is yet to play this year, but Head of Medical Services Tim O’Leary says Dixon has progressed well since resuming running in the last fortnight.
“Charlie felt better and better as he increased his running, and joined in on competitive training drills last week,” O’Leary said.
“He will need to get through training over the next few days, but we expect he will get some game time in the SANFL on Saturday against Woodville-West Torrens, as he continues to get closer to playing at AFL level."
Fellow forward Orazio Fantasia isn’t far behind, as he continues to increase competitive training this week.
After experiencing calf tightness and being subbed out during the third quarter of the weekend’s win over St Kilda, Mitch Georgiades will have his injury assessed in the lead-up to Friday night’s game against the Western Bulldogs.
Miles Bergman will miss another game with the 20-year-old continuing to recover from a virus.
Port Adelaide will on Thursday evening name its side to take on the Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval the following night from 7:00pm ACST.
Miles Bergman – virus (2 weeks)
Charlie Dixon – ankle (assess)
Orazio Fantasia – knee (2-3 weeks)
Mitch Georgiades – calf (assess)
Scott Lycett – shoulder (12 weeks)
Trent McKenzie – knee (6-8 weeks)
Josh Sinn – groin (TBC)