Adelaide forward Taylor Walker says he is confident he will be ready to return from a back injury after the bye. 

The Crows’ all-time leading goal kicker has missed the last two games after suffering back spasms against Hawthorn in Round 12.

Speaking to Roo, Ditts and Loz on Triple M Adelaide, Walker gave an update on how he was tracking.

“I’ve still got to tick a few boxes with some contest stuff, I went for a run in the Clare Valley yesterday and took some steps forward in the main session last week,” Walker said. 

“I just wasn’t quite there to get up to play last week, but I’m confident that I’ll be ready to go after the bye (against GWS).”

Adelaide suffered a 42-point loss to ladder-leaders Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

The Crows showed promise for much of the evening, leading by 16 points midway through the third term, before the Swans put the foot down and booted ten unanswered goals to run away victors. 

“It’s always a challenge to sustain it against the very top sides, and that’s what Sydney have been for the past few years,” Walker said. 

“The boys were awesome for the first two and a half quarters, it was great to watch for that period, but unfortunately when the Swans shifted up a few gears we couldn’t sustain it.

“We decided we had to make it into a contest, and for two and a half quarters we managed to beat them in that area which was promising, but to fall away like we did was disappointing. 

“We need to look at how we can stop teams from getting a run on, stop them at the three goal in a row mark and not concede 10 (in a row) like we did on the weekend, that is a big work on for us.”