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Milera on the mend

Lee Gaskin AFL Media, with staff writers  January 18, 2017 2:51 PM

Wayne Milera Junior   Photo by Adelaide Crows FC

Wayne Milera Junior Photo by Adelaide Crows FC

ADELAIDE second-year forward Wayne Milera Junior is expected to return to the main training group next week following a minor knee complaint.

Milera showed some promising signs in playing eight games in his debut season last year.

The 19-year-old is poised to play a bigger role either in the forward line or spending time on the wing as the Crows look to add pace to their midfield.

However, Crows star Eddie Betts – who on Wednesday re-signed with the club until 2020 – said Milera had been restricted in the amount of training he's been able to do since Christmas.

Milera experienced some knee soreness and has been on a slightly modified program, but is expected to return to the fold on Monday.

"Wayne's still off the track at the moment and he's doing some running on the sidelines," Betts said.

"He's had a slight setback with his knee, but he's coming back into drills."

The Crows selected Milera with the 11th pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

He debuted in last year's season opener against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium before having 20 possessions and nine marks in the Crows' 58-point thumping of cross-town rivals Port Adelaide in round two.

After playing the first four games of the season, Milera returned to the team in round eight, making another four appearances.

He averaged 11.1 possessions and 3.1 marks in his eight games.