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August 31, 2012 9:29 AM

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Andy Otten

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Two young Crows with dreams of AFL finals action return from injury in the SANFL this weekend.

Andy Otten, who needed minor knee surgery after he was hurt playing for the Crows in round 17, will be back with South Adelaide at Noarlunga on Sunday.

And Ricky Henderson will have a run with South’s reserves, as his host club Central District has a bye. Henderson injured an ankle against the GWS Giants in Round 16.

Luke Brown is back with Norwood, joining Mitch Grigg in the side to play Glenelg on The Parade tonight. Jarryd Lyons will play for Glenelg but Tom Lynch may be kept out as an emergency for the Crows.

Brad Crouch and Rory Laird are in West Adelaide’s side to face Port Adelaide at Richmond on Saturday.

There are two games on Sunday.

Otten joins Shaun McKernan in South’s side, and Lewis Johnston and James Craig will front for North.

Up to eight Crows will be action in the league game at Unley. Sturt has Tim McIntyre, Josh Jenkins, Sam Kerridge, Brodie Martin and possibly Richard Tambling (Crows emergency) while the Eagles will have Chris Knights, Luke Thompson (if not required by the Crows) and Nick Joyce.

Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Sam Martyn will play reserves for the Eagles.
There are two minor rounds left in the SANFL competition, with seven teams left in the race for the final five.

Seventh-placed Port need to beat West to remain a contender - and rely on Glenelg losing to Norwood. The Eagles (sixth) can draw level with Glenelg (fifth) on points if they beat Sturt and Norwood win tonight.