Adelaide forward Ben Davis could miss the next two-to-three weeks due to a stress reaction in his foot.
Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders confirmed it was not a fracture, but said Davis would require monitoring before a definitive return timeline could be released.
“Ben reported some low-level pain in the middle of the foot last week,” Saunders said.
“We were a little bit suspicious of it, given it was on the cuboid bone (a small bone on the outside of the foot).
“We sent him off for scans and they showed a low-level stress reaction, but no fracture.
“We’re offloading Ben for a week to see how he settles, then we’ll assess him on Thursday. It’s a bit too early to say (on a return date), we think he could return in two-to-three weeks.”
Club Champion Brad Crouch (hamstring) and young defender Will Hamill (concussion) could both be in line for a return against Hawthorn next Tuesday.
Crouch has not played for the past four weeks and Hamill has been cautiously managed after suffering his second concussion of the season against Melbourne in Round 10.
“I can see Brad back this week, he’s training that well and pushing those time frames for us,” Saunders said.
“Will is going really well, he’s training fully with no poor reactions to contract training.
“We’re looking like seeing Will out playing against Hawthorn on Tuesday.”
Fellow defender Andrew McPherson could also return for Hawthorn, but is more likely to face Greater Western Sydney in Round 16.
“He’s training freely, completing high-speed running, acceleration, ground ball work… he’s looking really good,” Saunders said.
“While we’re thinking he may be ready for the Hawks, we’ll weigh that decision up on the weekend and see if he needs another week before returning.
“(Andrew’s return is) more likely the game after against GWS.”
Experience forward Tom Lynch is still “a couple weeks away” from a return.
“Tom still needs to spend a little bit of time restoring strength levels,” Saunders said.
“He’s still a couple of weeks away. We’re looking at the Carlton game (Round 17) for Tom Lynch.”
On Sunday, Shane McAdam received minor treatment to his thigh for a contusion in the fourth quarter against the Cats.
The 25-year-old could have returned to play following assessment, but with only two minutes remaining was left off.
He will train as normal this week and be available for selection against the Hawks.
Injury list as of August 25
Will Hamill - Concussion (Test)
Brad Crouch - Hamstring (Test)
Andrew McPherson - Hamstring (Test)
Ayce Taylor - Hamstring (1-2 weeks)
Ben Davis - Foot (2-3 weeks)
Tom Lynch - Hamstring (2-3 weeks)
Wayne Milera - Foot (2-3 weeks)
Tom Doedee - Hamstring (season)
Jordan Gallucci - Achilles (season)