Crows duo Rory Sloane and Jake Lever have both been sidelined by injuries sustained at training.
Sloane, 26, fractured his eye socket on Friday and will undergo surgery, but is expected to be available for Adelaide’s Round One clash with Greater Western Sydney.
Lever, 20, hurt his hamstring earlier in the week with scans revealing a minor strain. He will miss the start of the JLT Community Series, but should be available for Club’s pre-season clash with the Brisbane Lions at Noarlunga.
Crows General Manager High Performance Matt Hass said both players have had really strong pre-seasons up until now.
“Both Rory and Jake have done a mountain of work over this pre-season,” Hass said.
“Unfortunately for Sloaney, he’s fractured his eye socket during some contested work at training this morning. He will have surgery once the swelling reduces, which will likely rule him out of the pre-season competition.
“Jake has a minor hamstring strain which will keep him out for three weeks. We expect him to be fit in time for our last JLT Community Series game against Brisbane.”
In other injury news, Brad Crouch is progressing well from a hamstring strain and will start to build up his training loads in the next few weeks.
Defenders Luke Brown, Alex Keath and Kyle Cheney, and wingman Paul Seedsman all remain on track to play pre-season matches.
Veteran Scott Thompson will participate in football drills next week as he recovers from a shoulder injury.