Adelaide captain Rory Sloane is expected to return to the Crows' senior side for Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium.
Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders confirmed Sloane has been medically cleared to play and will be available for selection if he can progress through training over the next 48 hours.
“The good news is the surgeon has cleared Rory to play against the Bulldogs,” Saunders said.
“He’s been training well for a few weeks now so we’re really looking forward to seeing how his training progresses this week and hopefully seeing him out there on the weekend.”
As reported earlier on Thursday, Tom Doedee will miss the remainder of the season after damaging a hamstring tendon in the final quarter of Tuesday night’s loss to Collingwood.
“These sorts of injuries will take anywhere between six and eight weeks to be fully rehabilitated, so unfortunately for Tom that means the season’s over,” Saunders said.
Thursday morning’s update also confirmed forward Tom Lynch will miss two-to-three weeks with a low-level hamstring injury.
Club doctors will continue to monitor Will Hamill after the 19-year-old sustained his second concussion of the season in the Round 10 clash with Melbourne.
“Will’s progressing well, he has no clinical signs of concussion at the moment,” Saunders said.
“The docs are monitoring him daily and the task now is to slowly progress his training loads - in the gym and on the field - and make sure there’s no return or recurrence of symptoms.
“At the moment we’ll be waiting to see what his progress is like over the next seven to 10 days. He’s looking good but we’re yet to test his response to exercise.”
Brad Crouch’s return may be delayed “by a week or so” after a mishap at home late last week, while Wayne Milera Jnr remains a couple of weeks away from returning.
“Wayne’s been showing nice progress. We just need to be careful over the next couple of weeks to make sure we don’t increase the training loads too quickly,” Saunders said.
“We’ll be watching him closely this week and hoping to see him back in two to three (weeks).”
Injury list as of Thursday, August 13
Rory Sloane – Hand (available)
Will Hamill – Concussion (TBC)
Brad Crouch – Hamstring (2 weeks)
Tom Lynch – Hamstring (2-3 weeks)
Wayne Milera – Foot (2-3 weeks)
Ayce Taylor – Hamstring (3 weeks)
Tom Doedee – Hamstring (season)
Jordan Gallucci – Achilles (season)