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October 10, 2017 11:31 AM

AFL 2017 First Qualifying Final - Adelaide v GWS Giants

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07: Brodie Smith of the Crows walks from the field at half time with a suspected knee injury during the AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Adelaide Oval on September 7, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)

We know how important it is for players to form a strong fitness base during the pre-season

Defender Brodie Smith could be the only player in the rehab group when Adelaide players return for pre-season training.

The Crows football department is now on leave with 1 – 4 year players set to return on November 20. The remainder of the playing group returning on December 4.

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The whole playing squad except for Smith, who is recovering from knee surgery, is expected to be available for the start of pre-season training.

Mitch McGovern will be right to go after injuring his hamstring in the lead up to the Preliminary Final.

Draftees Jordan Gallucci (jaw) and Elliott Himmelberg (foot) will be in full training after recovering from their respective injuries.

Midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen will be eager to prove himself as he returns from an ACL reconstruction.

Captain Taylor Walker has had minor surgery on his finger, and will also undergo a minor ankle operation but is expected to recover in time for the start of training.

Like Walker, forward Josh Jenkins will have post-season finger surgery.

Crows General Manager High Performance Matt Hass was pleased with the shape of the playing list.

“If all things go as planned, we should have all but one player fit and available for day one of pre-season training,” Hass said.

“We know how important it is for players to form a strong fitness base during the pre-season, so to have a relatively healthy squad at the moment is a real positive.”