Adelaide is expecting to regain Brodie Smith for Tuesday night’s clash with Collingwood.
Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said Smith is likely to face the Magpies after he was a late withdrawal from Adelaide’s Round 10 side due to a knee contusion.
“Brodie was very close, he was disappointed not to be out there playing,” Saunders said.
“He’s continued to improve, and we expect him to be right for the game.”
Club doctors will take a conservative management approach with young defender Will Hamill who sustained his second concussion of the season against the Demons.
Hamill was left dazed in the opening quarter of Wednesday night’s loss following a dangerous sling tackle by Demons forward Alex Neal-Bullen but has presented well post-game.
“Will’s going well. He actually presented to the doctors after the game in pretty good condition given the level of symptoms he first presented with on initial assessment,” Saunders said.
“He will follow the normal concussion protocols over the next week and be assessed daily. The docs are taking a very conservative line with Will given it’s the second concussion that he’s had this year.”
Reigning club champion Brad Crouch is expected to be available for next Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs, while captain Rory Sloane could also return pending a specialist review.
“Brad’s got a good volume of work done now. He’s been running flat out for quite some time, and completing integrated football-specific drills,” Saunders said.
“Rory has been training the house down and been able to handle the ball more effectively with his hand in a splint over the last week.
“Rory being Rory is wanting to play this week, but we’ll be reviewing where he’s at with a specialist on Monday. We’ll sit down as a match committee and decide from there.”
Injury list as of Friday, August 7
Brodie Smith – Knee contusion (test)
Will Hamill – Concussion (TBC)
Brad Crouch – Hamstring (1 week)
Rory Sloane – Hand (1 week)
Wayne Milera – Foot (2 weeks)
Jordan Gallucci – Achilles (season)