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AFL 2016 Rd 15 - Melbourne v Adelaide

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Brad Crouch of the Crows handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 15 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 3, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch has been called up for his first AFL game of the season.

Crouch replaces defender Jake Kelly, who will miss Saturday’s game against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium because of an eye injury.

Untried pair Harrison Wigg and Jono Beech, and budding ruckman Reilly O’Brien are the emergencies.

Crouch, 23, has played two SANFL games in his comeback from a pre-season hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined for the JLT Community Series.

The prolific ball winner accumulated 71 disposals, 18 clearances and 16 tackles across Adelaide’s opening two State League wins.

Crouch, who has played 41 AFL games, last featured at the level in the Club’s Semi-Final loss to Sydney.

Forward Josh Jenkins will miss a third match as he recovers from a rib injury sustained in Round Two.

Richard Douglas will play his 200th AFL game this weekend. Douglas will become the 15th Crow to reach the milestone. See Dougy’s career in stats

Adelaide will be hoping to keep its unbeaten record against the Suns intact on Saturday.

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The game starts at 4:35pm local time, with gates opening at 2:45pm.

Fans on the Gold Coast can watch the Crows train at Metricon Stadium on Friday (April 21) from approximately 3:30pm (local). The light session will run up to an hour.

Viewers can tune into a Crows double-header on Saturday. Adelaide’s SANFL team will take on Central District at Elizabeth at 2:40pm. Crows ticketed members receive free access to the clash at My Money House Oval upon presentation of their 2017 Membership card.

The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 before coverage of the AFL clash between the Crows and Suns commences.

Experienced onballer Scott Thompson will make his return from an adductor injury against the Dogs.

The team is:
IN – Brad Crouch
OUT – Jake Kelly (eye)