Adelaide has provided the following injury assessment upon the completion of the AFL season.
Captain Rory Sloane will have surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left ring finger in coming weeks.
Sloane suffered the injury against Carlton in Round 15 and made the choice to play out the remainder of the season.
The surgery is expected to be straightforward and not impact the start of his pre-season.
Luke Pedlar is making steady progress from an ankle injury that ended his season in Round 16 of the SANFL, however the midfielder will have a left shoulder reconstruction later this month on a pre-existing injury that he was able to manage in his first season of AFL footy. He is expected to resume running in approximately six weeks post-surgery.
Elliott Himmelberg has recovered from a minor hamstring injury he suffered against Melbourne in Round 22 but the key forward is set to have a right shoulder reconstruction next month to repair pre-existing damage he has been managing for the past two seasons. It’s hoped he will also be in a position to resume running six weeks after his operation.
Luke Brown has recovered well from Achilles surgery and started running last week. He is set for a normal off-season and it’s anticipated he will be ready for day one of pre-season training.
Wayne Milera continues to progress in his recovery from patella surgery in the pre-season. He will commence on-ground running in the coming weeks and continue his rehabilitation in the off-season. Milera’s training loads will be managed prior to Christmas with the goal of joining full training in early 2022.
Matt Crouch is continuing his rehabilitation from groin surgery after experiencing soreness following his return in the SANFL in July. He is expected to be in a good position to attack the start of pre-season.
Mitch Hinge will commence a normal off-season program and is expected to be training with the main group from day one of pre-season after he had a shoulder reconstruction following the Round 1 win over Geelong this year.
Jackson Hately played three AFL games in his first season at the Club while managing groin soreness this year. He is making strong gains with his rehabilitation and is set for a normal off-season and then pre-season.
Reilly O’Brien has recovered from a low grade lateral ligament tear in his knee following the Round 21 Showdown against Port Adelaide. He did not require surgery and is expected to start pre-season training as per normal.