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Dixon hopes to play in big match after injuring ankle against Roos

  • Dixon hopes to play in big match after injuring ankle against Roos

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Charlie Dixon of the Power and Robbie Tarrant of the Kangaroos compete for the ball during the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide key forward Charlie Dixon hopes to play in Sunday's AFL clash against GWS despite an ankle injury.

Dixon looked in all sorts of trouble when he needed help from trainers to limp from the field during Saturday night's big win over North Melbourne.

The 28-point win kept Port in finals contention, with two games now separating eighth-placed North from the Power in ninth spot.

Port coach Ken Hinkley said at worst, Dixon should only miss the Giants match.

"I don't think it's a significant one," Hinkley said.

And next week is as far as Hinkley wants to look as the Power keep their season alive.

Saturday was the first time this season they have beaten a top-eight side.

"Right now, we just can't afford to go anywhere but next week," he said.

Hinkley said the test now would be to reproduce consistently the sort of fierce workrate that took down the Kangaroos.

"I say it regularly - we know that when we do it, we can play it pretty well," he said.

"Today I thought there was some real growth in the way we did it and I was pleased with that.

"We don't do anything unless we have workrate ... we have to be that.

"When we don't work at that rate, we get the other results that we don't like."

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