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Injury Update: Round 17

Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update July 11 Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass gives an update on the health of the list after Round 16
At first it was quite scary, and the unknown of what it (the condition) actually was
Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch is giving himself “every chance” to play against Melbourne in Darwin on Saturday night.

Lynch, 26, has missed Adelaide’s last two games after being struck down with Viral Meningitis.

Crows General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass said Lynch was recovering well.

“He (Lynch) is back at the Club and training,” Hass said.

“We’ll assess him day by day.

“He’ll train with the main group tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be a test for later in the week.”

Lynch was hospitalized after falling ill late last month.

The forward told the Facebook Live Monday Wash-Up that his availability would be determined by the Club’s medical and high performance teams.

“At first it was quite scary, and the unknown of what it (the condition) actually was,” he said.

“It (Viral Meningitis) was probably the best-possible result in the end. I’m feeling a lot better now … and like I’ve got over the hill.

“I’ve still got a bit of work to do. Being off the track for a couple of weeks, you’ve got to make up a bit of ground with the PPT (Physical Performance Team) staff here – they’re pretty strict with that sort of stuff.

“I’ll give myself every chance for this week, but it’s a little but unknown at the moment.”

Draftee Matt Signorello will also be assessed after suffering a concussion in the SANFL on Saturday.

Captain Taylor Walker (eye) and defender Luke Brown (knee) have been cleared to take on the Demons.

Walker was accidentally elbowed in the eye in a marking contest late in Friday night’s win over the Western Bulldogs.

Brown was assessed for a knee injury in the first half, but returned to play out the game.

Promoted rookie Hugh Greenwood, who was managed last weekend, is also available.

In more positive news, Kyle Cheney and first-year forward Ben Davis are nearing a return.

Cheney has missed a fortnight with a minor hamstring injury, while Davis is yet to play at any level this year because of a long-term foot injury.

“They (Cheney and Davis) have both returned to training and we expect them to be available next week,” Hass said.

Ruckman Reilly O’Brien faces ongoing assessment for a back injury, which has kept him out of the Club’s last two SANFL games.

Backman Kyle Hartigan is about a month away with a hamstring complaint, while Curtly Hampton is progressing will from an ankle injury.

Injury Update as of Tuesday, July 11
Tom Lynch (Viral Meningitis) – Test
Matthew Signorello (Concussion) – Test
Kyle Cheney (Hamstring) – 1 week
Ben Davis (Foot) – 1 week
Reilly O’Brien (Back) – Ongoing Assessment
Kyle Hartigan (Hamstring) – 3 – 4 weeks
Curtly Hampton (Ankle) – 5 – 7 weeks
Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Knee) – Season