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June 28, 2017 2:44 PM

AFL 2017 Round 12 - Adelaide v St Kilda

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Tom Lynch of the Crows celebrates a goal as Billy Longer of the Saints looks on during the 2017 AFL round 12 match between the Adelaide Crows and the St Kilda Saints at the Adelaide Oval on June 09, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Forward Tom Lynch has been ruled out of Adelaide’s clash with Carlton through illness.

Lynch, 26, was unable to train on Wednesday because of a viral infection.

Coach Don Pyke said the hard-working goalkicker would continue to be monitored.

“Unfortunately, ‘Lynchy’ has picked up a viral infection. We’re running some tests to work out what that is, but the indication from the doctor is that he’s not going to be available this week,” Pyke said.

“We’ll see how the results come up and take it from there.”

Livewire Charlie Cameron is also in doubt for Saturday’s game at the MCG.

Cameron strained his wrist in Adelaide’s loss to Hawthorn last Thursday.

The line-breaking forward has been cleared of serious damage, but is still experiencing wrist soreness.

“Charlie was unable to train this morning with that wrist injury,” Pyke said.

“We’ll assess how that looks … and if he’s not right he won’t play.”

Defender Luke Brown is hoping to overcome a minor ankle injury in time to take on the Blues.

Brown jarred his ankle against the Hawks and will need to prove his fitness on Thursday.

“Luke did some running today. He’ll do a bit more training tomorrow, but there were some really positive signs,” Pyke said.

“He’s pretty confident, so we’ll give him a chance tomorrow to have a run and make the decision from there.”

Wayne Milera Junior (knee) trained on Wednesday and is available to play.

Lynch’s absence could create an opportunity for fellow forwards Mitch McGovern and/or Riley Knight.

McGovern has played two SANFL games in his return from a serious hamstring injury, while Knight responded to his omission from Adelaide’s senior team by being in the best players at State League level last weekend.

Experienced players Kyle Cheney, Scott Thompson and Paul Seedsman have also impressed in the SANFL.

“The SANFL side had a great win on the weekend and (displayed) some really good form,” Pyke said.

“There are a number of guys there who have come into contention.”