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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 5: Taylor Walker of the Crows during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Richmond Oval on March 5, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Key Crows Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane have ramped up their preparations to play in Round One.

Sloane, who missed the JLT Community Series because of a fractured eye socket, trained with the team at Football Park on Tuesday morning. Walker completed a solid session on Monday, which was a scheduled day off for the players, as he recovers from hamstring tightness.

Forward Tom Lynch said the pair was progressing well ahead of Sunday’s season-opener against Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval. Tickets to the game are available here

“They’re ticking all the right boxes at the minute … they’ll go pretty close. At this stage, we’re very hopeful they’ll be right to go,” Lynch said on Tuesday.

“They’ve obviously got to get through Thursday’s session, which is our last main session before the game. They’re two absolute pros of this Club.

“We’re looking forward to, hopefully, having them out there.”

In more positive news, defender Jake Lever (hamstring), forwards Riley Knight (Achilles) and Jono Beech (calf), and midfielder Dean Gore (concussion) will all be available for selection at either level this weekend.

Scott Thompson (shoulder) and Brad Crouch (hamstring) also trained on Tuesday as they edge closer to playing. Both are expected to return via Adelaide’s SANFL team before being considered for AFL selection.

The Club has a SANFL trial match against Woodville-West Torrens from 11:25am at Football Park on Saturday, March 25, and another against Norwood at The Parade on Friday, March 31.