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Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update: Round 9 Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass speaks about the health of the list heading in to Round 9.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Mitch McGovern of the Adelaide Crows  during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Mitch McGovern of the Adelaide Crows during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Unfortunately, later in the weekend, he (McGovern) reported some ankle soreness which we scanned on Monday and revealed the high ankle sprain

Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern will be sidelined for up to two months, after the 23-year-old suffered a sprained ankle in the final minute of Saturday’s Showdown loss to Port Adelaide.

McGovern sustained the injury in a collision with veteran Richard Douglas, with scans on Monday identifying a high ankle sprain.

Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass said McGovern won’t require surgery, with a view of him returning to action later in the season.

“Mitch had that collision with Dougy late in the final quarter against Port,” he said.

“First of all, we were treating him after the match from a head knock, which he presented with. Unfortunately, later in the weekend, he reported some ankle soreness which we scanned on Monday and revealed the high ankle sprain.

“He’s since seen a specialist and we’ve decided to take conservative measures at the moment. We’ll see how he presents over time and rehab him accordingly, so he’s looking to spend a period of time out.

“Luckily no surgery required at this point so that’s pleasing for Mitch, which means he’ll be back slightly earlier than the surgical option.”

In better news, captain Taylor Walker’s prognosis remains positive after suffering glute irritation in Showdown 44.

“Tex has improved pretty quickly out of the game,” Hass said.

“He had some back and glute irritation, which was referring some pain down into his legs, so he came off for a little bit of treatment that improved his symptoms largely and he was able to play out the game.”

Ruckman Sam Jacobs is expected to play after suffering back spasms during Saturday’s game.

There are a host of Crows on the comeback trail, with as many as five set to pull on the boots this weekend after stints on the sidelines.

“If everyone gets through training healthily and pull up well, we expect to see Riley Knight, Alex Keath, Sam Gibson, Kyle Hartigan and Curtly Hampton return for the team so that’s a really nice boost for the playing list.”

Midfielder Brad Crouch continues to progress from groin soreness and while surgery won’t be required, there isn’t a definitive date for his return.

“Brad’s progressing slowly. We’ve got him on a strength and conditioning program now just to build up that strength and tolerance around his hip and pelvis,” Hass said.

“At this point, there’s absolutely no surgery required, it’s just a slow and steady build-up for Brad to make sure he ticks a few important boxes before he really starts to build up his training load and we expect to see him later on in the year.”

Injury list as of Tuesday, May 15
Taylor Walker (glute) – Test
Sam Jacobs (back) – Test
Riley Knight (general soreness) - Test
Curtly Hampton (groin) – Test
Kyle Hartigan (hamstring) – Test
Sam Gibson (hamstring) – Test
Alex Keath (ankle) – Test
Wayne Milera (hamstring) – 1 week
Andrew McPherson (groin soreness) – 2-3 weeks
Rory Sloane (foot) – TBC
Brad Crouch (groin soreness) – TBC
Mitch McGovern (ankle) – 8 weeks
Paul Hunter (ankle) – 10-12 weeks
Brodie Smith (knee) – Indefinite