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Dream team plus injuries occupy Crows

By Daniel Brettig 05/05/2008 06:08:03 PM Comments (0)

Aside from the inconvenience of almost their entire backline lining up in the Dream Team to play Victoria this week, Adelaide has a trio of injury concerns to look after before they return to action against Melbourne.

Young trio Brad Symes, Richard Douglas and Brad Moran all appear likely to spend about a month on the sidelines following mishaps in the AFL over the weekend.

The Crows will also keep close watch over the fortunes of seven dream team inclusions, including backmen Nathan Bassett, Nathan Bock, Ben Rutten and Graham Johncock.

Symes twisted his ankle against Carlton a fortnight ago but was thought likely to play North Melbourne, until MRI scans revealed ligament damage and consigned him to two weeks in a moon boot.

"It's a bit disappointing, didn't train too much last week and I thought if I get an extra couple of days I'd be a chance, but Friday I pulled up pretty sore, got the MRI and there was a little bit of ligament damage at the bottom of the leg," Symes said.

"So I'll spend the next two weeks in the moon boot and we'll see how we go after there."

Douglas suffered a medial ligament strain when his right knee was wrenched in a pack, and despite returning to the field later he is now listed as four weeks away from fitness.

Tall defensive option Moran was playing his second SANFL game on the road back from a broken hand when he twinged a hamstring, meaning he now faces another three weeks out of action.

Considering some of their previous injury tolls, the lack of three youngish talents is far from intimidating for the Crows' match committee, and Symes admitted he would probably have the job ahead of him to regain his place.

"I played the first six rounds and was stringing some good games together, and when you're in the side and the side's playing well you want to work hard to keep your spot there, so it's a bit disappointing," he said.

"(Getting back quickly) depends how the other lads go, obviously they played pretty well on the weekend without me, but I'm not too worried about that just yet, I'll do my rehab and hopefully get back up within two or three weeks.

"Competition for spots is good for the club, that's healthy, a few guys coming back in, Brent Reily will be back soon too so there's a lot of guys putting up their hands and the guys in the team are not falling over either."

The Crows spend Monday and Tuesday playing the roles of teacher and coach to a host of juniors as part of a two day regional camp in the Barossa Valley.

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