Adelaide’s defence could be in line for a boost on Friday night with Luke Brown and Jake Kelly both expected to be available for selection.
The pair played in Round One but missed Saturday’s loss to Sydney after Brown suffered acute Achilles soreness and Kelly due to concussion.
Brown commenced running on the weekend and will train on Tuesday. Providing he gets through he is expected to return to the Crows’ line-up to play Gold Coast.
Kelly, who was concussed in the Round One win over Geelong, has passed all required protocol to date and been cleared to participate in contact training on Tuesday.
He will continue to be managed according to concussion protocols and is a possibility for a return against the Suns which will be 13 days post injury.
“Luke recovered well from that Achilles soreness he suffered against the Cats in Round One and we’d expect him to be available for selection on Friday night,” Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said.
“Jake Kelly has met all requirements for concussion protocols to date and he’ll continue to train throughout the week and rejoin main training.
“If he continues to progress the way he has, he’ll be available for selection against Gold Coast.”
Mitch Hinge will have reconstructive shoulder surgery this week and will miss the remainder of the season.
Hinge dislocated his right shoulder twice in Round One and the Club has deemed that surgery is the most appropriate course of action for both the long-term health of his shoulder and to best position him for a strong return to football in 2022.
"Very disappointing for Mitch Hinge, he’ll undergo shoulder surgery this week,” Kelly said.
“We decided that was the best course of action for his long-term health.
“He’ll now be unavailable for the rest of the season.”
Lachie Gollant will also have finger surgery this week after rupturing a flexor tendon in his left hand in Friday night’s SANFL trial game against Port Adelaide.
Gollant’s hand was caught in a tackle and a time frame for his return to football will be clearer post-surgery but he is expected to miss 8-12 weeks.
Riley Thilthorpe was removed from Friday night’s SANFL trial game at half-time after an accidental head clash and he was cleared of any concussion or fracture and will be available for selection this week.
Daniel Talia had a foot scan on Monday which showed tendon inflammation.
The defender has been recovering from post-season knee surgery and after experiencing foot soreness last week was sent for scans.
“Daniel Talia reported some foot soreness,” Kelly said.
“We sent Daniel off for scans of that foot and what it showed was inflammation in one of the tendons.
“He’ll now be off his legs for the next few days and he’ll be back in one or two weeks' time.”
Matt Crouch will continue his rehab work this week as he builds his training loads in preparation for a return while Jackson Hately (groin) will have a fitness test ahead of selection as will Luke Pedlar (abdominal).
Fellow draftee Brayden Cook is also on track to return to football in three weeks as he works towards his Crows debut following shoulder surgery last year.
Injury List (as of March 30):
Jake Kelly (concussion) concussion protocol
Luke Brown (Achilles) test
Matt Crouch (groin) ongoing assessment
Jackson Hately (groin) test
Luke Pedlar (abdominal) test
Daniel Talia (knee/foot) 1-2 weeks
Brayden Cook (shoulder) 3 weeks
Lachlan Gollant (finger) 8-12 weeks
Mitch Hinge (shoulder) season
Wayne Milera (knee) season