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Hinkley's Power in 'upper echelon' but sweating on Fantasia


Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley (left)

Port Adelaide goalsneak Orazio Fantasia will have scans on a knee injury which will determine his short-term AFL future.


Fantasia's troublesome knee will be scanned on Monday with his coach Ken Hinkley floating the possibility of clean-up surgery, saying:

"(His) knee is a bit grumbly so there will be some scans and stuff needed there.
"He has had a few battles with that knee in the last couple of weeks and we might have to do something ... we will that thoroughly and make some decisions."

Fantasia joined Port this season after playing 80 games in seven years at Essendon. His stint at the Bombers was marked with a frustrating run of soft tissue injuries.


The recruit missed last week's game before returning for Port's 46-point win against Fremantle on Sunday night at Adelaide Oval.


Like Fantasia, half-back Ryan Burton will also be sent for scans after being substituted because of a knee injury.


But Hinkley believed Burton's ailment wasn't serious as the Power enter their bye weekend in fifth spot with eight wins and three losses.


Hinkley said Port's status - one win shy of second spot and two victories clear of eighth - was satisfying.

"We have put ourselves in the upper echelon of the ladder.
"We know that we are chasing a bigger finish than we have got currently.
"But eight (wins), three (losses), you couldn't be displeased with the way we have got there.
"Like every team, we have dealt with some injuries along the way.
"Hopefully we will get some personnel back as the year goes on and that will hold us in good stead."