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Sloane speaks

A Message from Sloaney Rory Sloane sends a message to all Crows fans after undergoing surgery.
I’m sure the boys will be fine either way
Rory Sloane

Crows vice-captain Rory Sloane says Adelaide can defeat Greater Western Sydney in the Club’s Qualifying Final with or without his help.

The star onballer underwent surgery to remove his appendix after reporting abdominal pain on Tuesday morning.

Sloane was discharged from Calvary Wakefield Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, leaving an eight-day turnaround heading into Adelaide’s opening final next Thursday night.

The 27-year-old said it was still too early to tell if he would be right to confront the Giants next week.

“I had the operation last night which all went really well. The surgeon was really happy with it,” Sloane said.

“(My) guts is a little sore and a little bit swollen, but I’ll just rest up for a couple of days.

“Once I’m done resting and starting to feel good again I’ll start moving around and hopefully start running pretty soon.”

Sloane is the second Crow to undergo an appendectomy this year.

Fellow All Australian nominee Eddie Betts was forced to miss Adelaide’s draw with Collingwood at the MCG in Round 19, but starred on return in Showdown XLIII with four goals against Port Adelaide.

Teammate Richard Douglas also had his appendix removed in late 2015.

Sloane backed the Crows to perform in next week’s blockbuster final regardless of whether he lines up or not.

“I’m honestly not sure yet. It’s all going to be how it pulls up. We’ll play that one by ear,” Sloane said of his chances of playing.

“If I play, if I don’t play - it doesn’t make any difference. The team will be fine without me, they’ve been fine all year and never relied on any one (person) to get it done.

“I’m sure the boys will be fine either way.”

Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney kick off the 2017 AFL Finals Series at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, September 7 at 7.20pm.

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