Adelaide captain Rory Sloane is in a race against time for Sunday’s clash with Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.
Sloane suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter of the Round Four loss to Brisbane but returned after half time to play out the remainder of the game.
Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said the Club believed Sloane would lead his side out this weekend but would be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.
“The incident for Rory was very high grade. He plantarflexed, inverted the ankle and we had to get him off, assess the ankle, strap it. As Rory always does, he finds a way to get through the game,” Saunders said.
“He pulled up after the game really quite sore with a fair bit of swelling, so we’re in a bit of a race against time to get him right for the weekend.
“We think that he will get up, but we’ll be leaving a test until the very last minute.”
Forward Darcy Fogarty, who was a late withdrawal from the Crows’ Round Four side with a shoulder injury, appears unlikely to be available to face the Dockers in five days’ time.
“(His shoulder) hasn’t settled a lot to this point in time,” Saunders said.
“We are hoping that he may turn around in the next few days but at the moment I’d have to say Darcy playing this weekend is unlikely.”
Saunders said defender Will Hamill has presented really well on the back of a first-quarter concussion that ruled him out for the majority of the game against Brisbane.
“This morning Will’s looking really good,” he said.
“He’s had a light run today, pulled up well from that so if all goes well and he manages to pass the final steps through the remainder of the week, we expect Will to be right to play.”
In other injury news, Jordan Gallucci will undergo reconstructive surgery on his Achilles on Wednesday while Riley Knight made a successful return in Sunday’s reserves scratch match and is set to get more minutes under his belt this weekend.
Injury list as of Tuesday, June 30
Rory Sloane (ankle) – Test
Darcy Fogarty (shoulder) – Test
Will Hamill (concussion) – Test
Patrick Wilson (shoulder) – Test
Rory Atkins (shoulder) – 3-5 weeks
Wayne Milera (foot) – 6-7 weeks
Jordan Gallucci (Achilles) - Season