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Injury Update: January

Pre-Season Injury Update: January Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass speaks about the health of the playing list.
Gallucci and Poholke are obviously very (physically) developed and look like they’re ready to go.
Matt Hass, GM of High Performance

Crows Brad Crouch and Scott Thompson will be on modified training programs for the next fortnight.

Crouch has a minor hamstring strain, while Thompson is nursing a sore shoulder.

General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass said Crouch would be available for Adelaide’s opening game of the JLT Community Series on February 24.

“Crouchy did a power of work pre-Christmas. Unfortunately, on return after Chrissie he had a minor hammy strain,” Hass said.

“We expect him to be back within the fortnight, which is about the (standard recovery) time for a hammy.”

In his 17th AFL pre-season, Thompson will be managed in the lead-up to the pre-season competition.

“Thommo’s carried a bit of a shoulder (injury) across the last couple of years. He’s aggravated that in some of the contest work, so he’ll go on lighter duties,” Hass said.

“Being a veteran and having a fair few years under his belt, we can afford to do that and make sure that gets through and is in good shape come the start of the season.”

Forward/wingman Wayne Milera Junior has returned to full training after being on light duties to manage knee soreness.

“We pulled back his (Milera’s) loads for a couple of weeks and he responded really well. He’s transitioned back into full training now. We’re really pleased with where he’s at for his second pre-season.

“We often keep an eye on the second-year guys and their loads, as we do with the first-years.”

Defenders Luke Brown, Kyle Cheney and Alex Keath, and wingman Paul Seedsman are making steady progress in their recoveries from long-term groin injuries.

Hass said all four players would transition into main training in the coming month.

“We’ve had four guys carry over adductor injuries from the end of last year, Cheney, Brown, Keath and Seedsman,” he said.

“They’re all progressing well and are on track. You’ll see those guys running around in some trial (JLT Community Series) matches and should be right to go round one.”

Adelaide’s six recruits are also building up their workloads.

The Club’s first two draft selections, Jordan Gallucci and Myles Poholke, are spending a lot of time with the main training group, while Elliott Himmelberg, Matt Signorello, Ben Davis and Ben Jarman are progressing well in their rehabilitation from pre-existing injuries.

“We’re rapt with the first years,” Hass said.

“Gallucci and Poholke are obviously very (physically) developed and look like they’re ready to go. They’ve transitioned really nicely into the contest work. Himmelberg, ‘Jars’ and Benny Davis have been on modified loads because of injuries they arrived with, but they’re transitioning quite quickly … and they’ve participated in a few drills with the main group.”

Hass anticipated the majority of the squad would be available for selection at some stage in the JLT Community Series.

“Fingers crossed, we should be in really good shape,” Hass said.

“The players returned from Christmas in great shape. We had a heap of PBs (personal best times) – over a dozen guys, who ran really well. The guys are in good shape, the list is starting to fill out and we’re really pleased. We’re getting some good numbers in training.”