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Injury Update: Bye round

Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update: June 15 Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass gives a bye week update on the health of the Crows list.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20:  Luke Brown of the Crows runs with the ball  during the round nine AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows at The Gabba on May 20, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images/AFL Media)
Luke Brown

Injured defender Luke Brown is pushing to return against Hawthorn next Thursday night.

Brown missed Adelaide’s win over St Kilda last week after fracturing his cheekbone against Geelong in Round 11.

Crows General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass said the reliable backman had recovered well from minor surgery to repair the injury.

“He (Brown) has returned to some light training,” Hass said.

“He’s doing everything he can to be available for Hawthorn next week.”

Adelaide reported no new injuries to AFL-listed players at either level last weekend.

Forward Mitch McGovern (hamstring) and wingman Paul Seedsman (groin) both made successful comebacks from long-term injuries in the Club’s SANFL win over Norwood.

On Thursday, Adelaide players and coaches returned from a four-day break.

The Crows have a bye in the AFL and SANFL competitions this weekend before the senior team returns to action against Hawthorn on Thursday (June 22).

Hass was pleased with the overall health of the squad at the halfway mark of the season.

“It puts us in pretty good stead leading into the bye weekend with only a few (players) on our injury list,” he said.

“Over the bye period, the boys had a little bit of work to get done.

“We’re due to do a main session on Saturday leading into our game on Thursday against Hawthorn.”

In more positive news, first-year forward Ben Davis is nearing a return from a nagging foot injury.

Recruited with pick No.75 in last year’s AFL National Draft, Davis arrived at Adelaide with a stress-related injury in his left foot. The 20-year-old underwent surgery to correct the issue earlier this year.

“Ben’s returned to training now and is in some modified footy skills,” Hass said.

“We’re hopeful to see him back playing footy later on this year.”

Midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen is also tracking well in his recovery from a knee reconstruction.

“Cam’s back doing some light running and skills,” Hass said.

“He’s done a power of work in the gym and is progressing as expected.”

Injury list as of Tuesday, June 15
Luke Brown (cheekbone) – Test
Ben Davis (foot) – 4 – 6 weeks
Curtly Hampton (ankle) – 9 – 11 weeks
Cam Ellis-Yolmen (knee) – Season