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Injury Update: Round 21

Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update: R21 GM of High Performance Matt Hass has the weekly Injury Update.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30: Richard Douglas of the Crows during the 2018 AFL round15 match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at the Adelaide Oval on June 30, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30: Richard Douglas of the Crows during the 2018 AFL round15 match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at the Adelaide Oval on June 30, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Adelaide could field one of its strongest line-ups of the season against Greater Western Sydney in Canberra on Saturday night.

The Crows are expected to regain the services of veteran midfielder Richard Douglas and athletic utility Mitch McGovern for the must-win clash.

Crows General Manager High Performance Matt Hass said both were close to playing last weekend and will be available for selection against the Giants provided they get through Wednesday’s main training session at West Lakes.

“Dougy was a fraction short last week getting up from his ankle injury. He’s progressed nicely this week, he’ll have the main session on Wednesday,” Hass said.

“All things going well, we expect him to be available this weekend.

“Mitch, with the AC joint, came close. It was just a little bit sore through the main training session, he was inhibited with a few of his movements.

“Again, that’s cleared up over the weekend and we expect him to train and play this weekend.”

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Key defender Daniel Talia remains on track to play, despite sitting out much of the second half of Showdown 45 with a corked calf.

A final decision on his availability will be made later in the week.

“Tals’ got a good calf cork in the Showdown, obviously unable to get back out on the ground,” Hass said.

“We’ll manage that like most other corks; rest, ice and recovery.

“We’ll manage his training loads through the week. Get him out there training a little bit later and we’ll assess his availability later in the week.”

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Riley Knight suffered a medial ligament strain in the opening quarter of the Showdown but was able to play out the game following treatment by club physios. 

Knight has reported some soreness post-game, but Hass expects the 23-year-old to play. 

Knighta’s got a knee brace on at the moment. He strained his medial ligament early in the game,” he said.

“The physios treated that, strapped it up and he was able to play out the match so that’s a really positive sign. 

“Little bit sore early in the week, we’ll need to manage his training loads, but we expect him to play on the weekend.”

Kyle Cheney will also be available for selection after completing a one-match suspension.

 

Injury List as of Tuesday, August 7
Richard Douglas (ankle) – Test
Riley Knight (knee) – Test
Mitch McGovern (shoulder) – Test
Daniel Talia (calf) – Test
Jackson Edwards (ankle) – Test
Paul Seedsman (hamstring) – 1 week
Kyle Hartigan (knee) – 1-2 weeks
Harry Dear (knee) – 1-2 weeks
Andrew McPherson (hamstring) – indefinite
Brad Crouch (groin) – indefinite
Reilly O’Brien (shoulder) - season