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Injury Update: Round 8

Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update: Round 8 Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass speaks about the health of the list heading in to Round 8.
Taylor had a great session on Saturday and trained in a high-intensity session yesterday
GM of High Performance, Matt Hass

Adelaide is set to be boosted by the returns of captain Taylor Walker and vice-captain Rory Sloane for Saturday’s Showdown.

Walker missed the Club’s win over Carlton with a hamstring injury, while Sloane hasn’t played for three weeks because of a foot strain sustained against Richmond in Round Two.

Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass said the influential pair was training strongly.

“Taylor had a great session on Saturday and trained in a high-intensity session yesterday,” Hass said.

“He’ll train with the group on Wednesday and should he pull up well, he’ll be available for Port Adelaide.

“We decided to back him (Sloane) off (after Round Four) and make sure that foot was fully settled, and he’s done a mountain of work since.

“He did a massive session on Saturday with the rehab crew. Again, he’ll train this Wednesday and should he get through that be available for the weekend.”

Riley Knight (soreness) and Curtly Hampton (groin) also face tests after being sidelined on the weekend.

“We decided to manage Knighta last weekend,” Hass said.

“Coming off a slightly-interrupted pre-season, we just need to keep an eye on those guys as they transition back into games.

“He’ll train this week and be a test for the weekend.”

However, promising onballer Wayne Milera Junior has been ruled out of the Showdown.

Milera, 20, sat out the second half of Adelaide’s clash with Carlton on Saturday night.

“The scans haven’t revealed anything too significant, more some distal tendon irritation behind his knee,” Hass said.

“He won’t play this week against Port Adelaide, but he’ll be assessed for the following weekend.”

Talls Reilly O’Brien (shoulder) and Elliott Himmelberg (concussion) will need to prove their fitness at training this week after being injured in the SANFL.

Rookie Paul Hunter requires further assessment on a high-ankle sprain also sustained at Prospect Oval on Saturday.

The Crows’ SANFL team has the bye this weekend as South Australia take on Western Australia this Saturday.

Defenders Kyle Hartigan (hamstring) and Alex Keath (ankle) will miss at least another week, as will wingman Sam Gibson as he continues his recovery from a back-related hamstring injury.

In positive news, All Australian Brodie Smith has progressed to joining in select drills at training eight months into his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction.

Injury list as of Tuesday, May 8
Taylor Walker (hamstring) – Test
Rory Sloane (foot) – Test
Riley Knight (general soreness) – Test
Curtly Hampton (groin) – Test
Elliott Himmelberg (concussion) – Test
Reilly O’Brien (shoulder) – Test
Kyle Hartigan (hamstring) – 1 week
Wayne Milera Junior (hamstring) – 1 – 2 weeks
Sam Gibson (hamstring) – 1 – 2 weeks
Alex Keath (ankle) – 1 – 2 weeks
Brad Crouch (groin soreness) – 3 – 4 weeks
Andrew McPherson (groin soreness) – 3 – 4 weeks
Paul Hunter (ankle) – TBC
Brodie Smith (knee) – Indefinite