The return of Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch is expected to be delayed after a mishap at his home.

Crouch, who is trying to return from a hamstring injury, slipped on a wet veranda late last week.

He reported symptoms in the first 48 hours following the incident but scans have since cleared him of further damage and the 26-year-old is already running freely. 

Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said medical staff will continue to monitor the reigning Club Champion closely.

“Brad slipped on a wet veranda at home, had a bit of a scare and has irritated his hamstring tendon,” Saunders said.

“Scans today were very reassuring and Brad is already running at good speeds, and importantly with no symptoms.

“While we were initially aiming at having him back for the Bulldogs game, this return could now be pushed back a week or two.

"These return to play predictions are always based on profiling and the player's response to training load progressions.

“Obviously, we won’t be taking any chances with Brad's return to play."

Rory Sloane is expected to lead the Crows out in Round 12. Picture: AFL Photos

Captain Rory Sloane has received positive news after a specialist review on Monday afternoon and is expected to return for Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.

“Sloaney feels ready to play and demonstrates good hand strength and function,” Saunders said.

“The surgeon has confirmed today that Rory is cleared to play against the Bulldogs.”

Meantime, rookie Ayce Taylor will be sidelined with a hamstring tendon issue requiring ongoing management.

“Ayce has aggravated his proximal hamstring tendon last week lunging at high-speed in a training drill,” Saunders said.

“It’s going to take a few weeks to get him back to where he was.”