Adelaide captain Rory Sloane has undergone successful surgery on his fractured left hand and will spend the next week with a plaster cast, Adelaide Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said.

“Rory had surgery last Thursday for a fracture at the base of the thumb,” Saunders said.

“The surgeon was very happy with the result.

“He’s now with a plaster cast for a week or so, and will come out of this and move into a splint.

“We expect him to return to play in four-to-six weeks.”

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Dr Jones & Partners Injury Update: R8

Head of science and medicine Dr. Steve Saunders gives his weekly injury update.

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Young forward Darcy Fogarty is likely still a week away due to a high-grade shoulder injury sustained before Round Five.

“Darcy has had a really productive last three weeks,” Saunders said.

“He’s been training at a high level… we’ve had to shape his contact sessions around limitations to the high-end function of his shoulder.

“Darcy is getting plenty of work done, but we think it will take another week or so for the shoulder to be fully functional and ready to return to play.

“While he’s a possibility for this week, we expect a return to play next week.”

Rookie Ayce Taylor has a low-grade hamstring injury but is "likely to be functioning well by weeks end", Saunders said.

Injury list as of July 22:

Ayce Taylor (Hamstring) - Test
Darcy Fogarty (shoulder) - 1 week
Wayne Milera (foot) - 4 weeks
Rory Sloane (hand) - 3-5 weeks
Jordan Gallucci (Achilles) - Season