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Rory Sloane

Rory Sloane

If I'm fine to play, I absolutely can't wait to play this game

Adelaide star Rory Sloane is optimistic he will be right to face Sydney in Friday night's blockbuster at Adelaide Oval.

Sloane has been on light duties this week after aggravating a knee injury in last weekend's win over Essendon.

But he got through Wednesday's main training session to give himself a chance of taking on the Swans.

"It pulled up pretty well," Sloane told Triple M Adelaide of his knee injury.

"I've been icing it flat out, didn't do too much early in the week, six-day break, so I was doing plenty of recovery.

"(I) did the full session today and got through pretty well so I reckon if it pulls up well tomorrow, I should be right to go.

"Obviously there are no risks at this time of year with where we sit, but it's a big game as well.

"If I'm fine to play, I absolutely can't wait to play this game."

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The Crows have locked in a top-two spot, but will secure their first minor premiership since 2005 with a win over the Swans.

Crows skipper Taylor Walker will also have to prove he has overcome a toe injury at Thursday's light training session.

"How he pulls up will determine whether he plays or not," Sloane said.

"We do a little captain's run tomorrow and it's going to be quite an exciting day for both of us."

The Crows are desperate to redeem themselves for last year's 36-point semi-final loss to the Swans.

"(Their strengths are their) contested footy and their aggression at the footy, but the way they move the ball as well, it's been really slick," Sloane said.

"Their 'one wood' is their defence and their contested ball, so we're certainly going to have to test them out in both of those areas.

"They're two areas we've been really strong at this year."