Adelaide vice captain Sarah Allan is expected to miss at least eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at training.

The three-time All Australian defender had scans which revealed a significant hamstring tear however she will not require surgery and has started rehabilitation.

“It’s obviously really disappointing for Sarah and also the team to lose our vice captain for most of the season however, we are confident she will return at an important time of the season,” Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper said.

“While on the sidelines, Sarah is and will continue to be a great leader for our group and play an important role for our team.

“We know how professional she is, and she will work closely with our medical team to get back as soon as possible, while it presents an opportunity for another of our defenders to step up.”