Adelaide forward Josh Rachele has been sidelined by a hip joint injury following Saturday’s loss to Melbourne.
Rachele has been managing the right hip injury and has been able to play in recent weeks, however aggravated it in an incident early in the game against the Demons.
“We are now going to give him a period of time to allow it to recover,” High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said.
“At this stage we expect Josh to miss the next 1-2 games but he will be assessed ongoing.”
Fellow forwards Shane McAdam and Ned McHenry are both eyeing a return from injury to take on the Hawks this weekend.
McHenry missed the Round 16 loss to Melbourne with knee soreness but is set to be available for selection, while McAdam faces a fitness test on his ankle he injured in Round 15.
“It was a no-risk policy with Ned, he just had a little bit of discomfort changing directions but he will be fine,” Burgess said.
“He completed all the training we needed him to last week and he’ll be involved in full training this week, and assuming he gets through that he’ll be available.
“Shane has done some running on that ankle and assuming he gets through training this week he’ll be available.”
Key forward Darcy Fogarty suffered a compound dislocation of his finger in the first quarter against Melbourne on Saturday but was able to play out the game and is not expected to miss any footy.
“He came back and played out the game with a little bit of discomfort there but we expect he’ll be fine to train this week and be part of the game against the Hawks this weekend,” Burgess said.
“He’s recovered really well and presented well so we don’t imagine it will be an issue.”
Defender Luke Brown reported knee soreness following Adelaide’s SANFL win over Glenelg on Saturday and a decision on his availability will be made in coming days.
“He got a bit of a knock to the knee, I imagine it will be pretty sore for the next couple of days but hopefully he will be able to train and be available for the weekend,” Burgess said.
Fellow defender Will Hamill is progressing through the AFL’s concussion protocols after landing awkwardly in a tackle in Round 15 and it’s anticipated he will be available for selection this weekend.
Injury list as of Tuesday, July 5:
Shane McAdam (ankle) test
Ned McHenry (knee) test
Luke Brown (knee) test
Josh Rachele (hip) 1-2 weeks
Will Hamill (concussion protocol)
Paul Seedsman (concussion) season
Rory Sloane (knee) season