Port’s Ebert to return, doubt on Dixon

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Port’s Ebert to return, doubt on Dixon

Injured Port Adelaide forward Charlie Dixon remains in doubt but teammate Brad Ebert is expected to return for Sunday’s must-win AFL game against Greater Western Sydney.

Ebert is tipped to return from a one-match absence because of bruised lungs as the club awaits results of scans on Dixon’s injured ankle.

“The club won’t be taking any risks whatsoever with him,” Port midfielder Robbie Gray said of Dixon on Monday.

“He’ll have a test later in the week and we’ll see how he goes.”

Losing Dixon would be a big blow for Port, now just two wins outside the top eight.

The key forward was hurt during Port’s win against North Melbourne on Saturday, the Power’s first triumph over a top-eight side this season.

But brilliant onballer Gray was reluctant to declare the Power back in the finals race.

“It’s a tough question,” he said.

“It (North) was the first top-eight side we have beaten all year so it was pleasing to get that done.

“But we can’t really afford to look too far ahead. We have been pretty inconsistent this year.”

Ruckman Matthew Lobbe returned to action in state league ranks after a lengthy lay-off because of knee surgery, but Port appear likely to stick with makeshift ruck Jackson Trengove for the match against finals-bound GWS.

“Jacko has been super for us this year, probably undersized against a lot of the guys but he just has a crack,” Gray said.

“He gives us a contest and his follow-up work at ground level is really good.”

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