Home-grown draftee Brayden Cook is set to make his Club debut with the Crows this weekend after recovering from a shoulder reconstruction.
The No.25 pick in last year’s National Draft from South Adelaide has completed his rehabilitation after having surgery in 2020.
The highly-skilled 18-year-old forward is expected to be available for selection for Adelaide’s SANFL clash with Woodville-West Torrens on Saturday.
“It’s exciting to have Brayden available for selection in what will be his first game for the Club,” Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said.
“Brayden’s a really exciting talent and what we’ve seen is he’s a great ball user and great decision maker and we’re excited to have him out there this weekend.”
Forward Shane McAdam suffered a sternoclavicular joint sprain in Sunday’s win over North Melbourne and will be monitored at training this week, as will Brodie Smith who had his left knee assessed during the third quarter but was able to play out the game.
Captain Rory Sloane is resting at home after successful eye surgery to remedy a retinal detachment. Sloane had the procedure on Friday after reporting blurred vision in Thursday’s training session.
Kelly said the next step in Sloane’s recovery would become clearer this week when he is assessed but it is still anticipated that he will not be available for selection for 2-4 weeks.
“The procedure has gone well and as part of his recouperation he’s required to be in bed for 5-7 days which will be a challenge for him no doubt, but he’s recovering well and we look forward to him being back in the club post that.”
Key defender Daniel Talia is also recovering at home after successful foot surgery last week. Talia had an operation to remove a bone spur that was irritating a tendon and he has started his rehab this week.
Midfielder Matt Crouch (groin) is progressing well in rehab and resumed running over the weekend. Crouch is re-building his training loads with a view to returning to play within 3-5 weeks.
“As planned with Matt he underwent a running session on Saturday, that went really well, it was his first time back running on ground and we’ll be looking to progress that and build his loads,” Kelly said.
Injury list as of Tuesday, April 13
Shane McAdam (SC joint) test
Brodie Smith (knee) test
Rory Sloane (eye) 2-4 weeks
Matt Crouch (groin) 3-5 weeks
Daniel Talia (foot) 7-9 weeks
Lachlan Gollant (finger) 8-10 weeks
Mitch Hinge (shoulder) season
Wayne Milera (knee) season