Adelaide will delay the return of defender Tom Doedee after a minor setback at training.
Doedee was in line to play his first game in nearly a year in this Saturday’s Under 23 trial against Port Adelaide at Thebarton Oval.
However, he hyperextended his left knee when he landed awkwardly following an aerial contest last week.
The 22-year-old had the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the same knee reconstructed last year.
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Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said it was important to note that Doedee did not suffer any structural damage in the latest incident.
“Tom’s ACL is unaffected, which is pleasing and a testament to the work that he and the medical and high performance team have put into his rehabilitation,” Kelly said.
“There is some minor bone bruising evident on MRI which is a setback and it is likely Tom will not be available for selection in our final Marsh Community Series game.
“Everyone at the Club obviously wants him back in our AFL team as soon as possible.
“However, we will need take into account our upcoming playing schedule, including SANFL trial games, with a view to him returning in the early rounds of the season.”
Adelaide’s next Marsh Community Series game is against Gold Coast on Friday, March 6.