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Reilly's chances firm for Crows recall

By Daniel Brettig 13/05/2008 03:25:48 PM Comments (0)

Ace Adelaide midfielder Brent Reilly's chances of an instant recall following a broken wrist are firming by the day.

Reilly had his cast removed on Tuesday and will be given every opportunity to play against AFL basement dwellers Melbourne at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Tall utility Scott Stevens said advancements in rehabilitation and a more open-minded attitude to training had allowed Reilly to keep pace with teammates despite having the use of only one hand.

Also helping Reilly's case is his cachet as one of the club's elite midfielders, sure to make a significant difference to what so far this season has been an effective Adelaide centre line.

"It's probably the advancements in rehabilitation, and the work they can do while they're injured, especially with a wrist injury they can still run," Stevens said after training on Tuesday.

"You've seen over the last couple of weeks him doing pretty much all the training, he was throwing the ball instead of handballing it and working on his one-handed grabs, that's about the only thing that's changed from full training.

"Brent's been in fantastic form for an extended period of time, his skills are great, he's a hard runner and he wins the contested ball, so he definitely brings a lot to the midfield."

Another Crow favouring one hand on Max Basheer Reserve was tagger Robert Shirley, victim of a dislocated little finger on the weekend.

Though he is expected to play, Shirley spent most of the session trying to keep the tender digit from harm.

Adelaide are conscious of not allowing themselves a drop-off in effort across four quarters against an opponent with only one win all year.

Usefully for Crows motivational purposes the Demons' victory arrived at their last start, a stirring come from behind win over Fremantle.

"Their last half of footy was exceptional, so they're not playing terribly right at this moment, so we've got to prepare for them like any other team," Stevens said.

"We have to win it, no-one's going to hand it to us.

"You can't take your foot off the pedal ever, you never know what could happen, teams can score goals very quickly these days, everyone wants to play well, blokes want to keep themselves in form to stay in the team, the team wants to keep winning."

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