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Dee fans have to wait for Sam and 'Hoges' show

Demon debutant Sam Weideman enjoying Melbourne's win over Hawthorn - ${keywords}
Demon debutant Sam Weideman enjoying Melbourne's win over Hawthorn

MELBOURNE supporters may need to wait a little longer to see young forward duo Sam Weideman and Jesse Hogan team up for the first time, with Weideman struggling to overcome a corked leg from his debut game last week.
 
Hogan missed the Dees' win over Hawthorn last week with a knee injury but has been cleared to take on Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
 
He was replaced in Melbourne's line-up by first-gamer Weideman, who booted two goals from 13 disposals in a polished display from the 196cm prospect.
 
But Weideman could make way for Hogan this week as the 19-year-old battles a leg problem.
 
"Sam got a bit of a corkie at the start of the game when he took that mark, so that's probably the only concern with him," Demons coach Paul Roos said on Thursday.
 
"We just don't want any player, let alone a young player, going in underdone. We'll make an assessment on his fitness first and then we'll see where we go from there.
 
"I think [they can play together]. They're similar but they're a little bit different. 'Hoges' is a really smart player so he can change roles, and he was really looking forward to playing with Sam, he was really disappointed he didn't play last week in Sam's first game.
 
"They can definitely play together. It's probably more whether Sam's going to be healthy enough to take the field."
 
Weideman joined the Demons with pick No.9 last year, meaning the club's four top-10 selections from the past two years - Christian Petracca, Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver and Weideman - all played in the same Melbourne side for the first time.
 
Hogan missed his first game of the season last week with a knee issue but trained strongly on Wednesday and has been passed fit to face the Power.
 
"He did everything we wanted him to do yesterday (Wednesday), so unless he pulled up sore today - which I haven't heard - he should be fine to play," Roos said.

The Demons last week broke a 10-year losing streak to Hawthorn, but face another momentous task against the Power, who they haven't beaten in Adelaide since round eight, 2000.
 
The club also hasn't strung together three consecutive wins since 2010, but Roos said it was a good opportunity to follow-up back-to-back wins with Melbourne still a slim finals chance.
 
"For us it's more about where we're heading in the off-season. If things fall our way that's great, but we've still got a lot of work to do on our game and making sure we improve that," Roos said.