Adelaide’s Tom Lynch will miss Saturday’s game against GWS on medical advice, with the forward suffering from ongoing toe soreness.
Lynch’s training loads have been considerably reduced in recent weeks and he has required pain killers to play at AFL level.
Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly said the 30-year-old had continued to present with soreness related to joint inflammation in a big toe.
Kelly added he will be reassessed next week to determine an appropriate timeline for his return to full training.
“Tom has been playing through pain and his toe has not improved sufficiently,” Kelly said.
“We had hoped lighter training loads, coupled with limited on-field minutes as the medical substitute last weekend, would prove beneficial but unfortunately this has not eventuated.
“Tom is an experienced and important player so we have made the decision to give him some rest so he can return to the team and play at his best.”
In other news, emerging defender Will Hamill is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a foot injury.
Hamill rolled his left ankle during Sunday’s game against Hawthorn and was subbed out late in the third quarter.