Docker Jesse Hogan suffers gym mishap

Justin Chadwick and Steve Larkin
Dockers must defend better as a unit as they look forward to tackling Port Adelaide in the AFL

Jesse Hogan's long-awaited AFL return won't be a pretty sight after the star Fremantle forward suffered an unlucky facial injury on Friday.

Hogan was lifting weights when a barbell was dislodged and dropped on his face.

The former Demon required stitches for facial cuts, but he was able to train on Saturday and has been cleared for Sunday's AFL clash with Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.

But the Dockers were dealt a late blow when Stephen Hill was forced out of the 22 because of a corked calf.

He has been replaced in the selected side by Nathan Wilson.

The return of Hogan was already set to be the major talking point of the match, given he had missed the past year with a serious foot injury followed by a lengthy mental health break.

Hogan will team up with Matt Taberner in what the Dockers hope will become a potent attacking force.

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is excited to see what Hogan will produce.

But Longmuir will be shining just as much of the spotlight onto the back six following their wobbly display in last week's 12-point loss to Brisbane.

Lions goalsneak Charlie Cameron had four goals to his name by the seven-minute mark of the second quarter, and Longmuir was not happy with how his defenders fared.

"As a back six we need to defend better," he said.

"Charlie got a hold of us on the weekend, but I thought as a back six we didn't work together well enough.

"We want to make sure that as a backline we defend as one. We're not six individuals back there defending. I expect a much improved performance from our backs."

Port thrashed Adelaide by 75 points last week, and have been further boosted by the return of Ollie Wines.

Youngster Connor Rozee has already put his hand up to perform the shutdown role on Fremantle's two-time Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe - much to the surprise of Power coach Ken Hinkley.

"He must have been delusional," Hinkley said.

"I'm sure he didn't mean that. No-one would want to go head to head with Nat Fyfe, he's a very good player.

"All our midfielders will go against all their midfielders, it's as simple as that. It's not player v player, it's midfield v midfield, it's team v team."