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Crows count lucky stars: Porplyzia fit

By Daniel Brettig 28/07/2008 04:19:19 PM Comments (0)

Among the injuries listed by Adelaide in their official update, there was one significant omission.

Jason Porplyzia is classified as fully fit despite presently being the owner of a right shoulder that is looser than Jason Akermanis' tongue.

How Porplyzia continues to carry his tender shoulder will be one of the biggest questions confronting the Crows as they push towards the AFL finals on a wave of optimism created by their heartening win over Sydney on Saturday.

Against the Swans, Porplyzia showed his physical problems had done little to dim his innate footballing sense and skill, though it was clear from a few of his high fives after his five goals that there will be a few things he cannot do.

Midfielder Brad Symes, another of the best and most courageous players in Adelaide's win, said teammates would do as much as they could do keep Porplyzia on the park, all the while understanding the physical toll.

"Porps has been through a bit and a couple of weeks ago we thought we might not see him for the rest of the year, so for him to come back and not only play but play really well just gets everyone up," Symes said.

"When someone like Porps goes off you hope for the best, that he will come back on, he did that and had a really good impact for us.

"He knows a lot more about his injury than we do, but we can probably help with some of the attention he gets from opposition players, but in terms of general play he'll just have to take what he gets and hopefully he gets through all right."

Collectively, the Crows were a sore bunch after putting in for all four quarters at the SCG, a marked improvement on the inconsistent performances on show during five consecutive losses that slid Adelaide from fourth to ninth.

Their efforts to recover in time for a revved up Carlton next week will be monitored closely by a Crows' match committee still committed to hard training.

"It was a pretty physical game, as it was the week before in the showdown, so I think most of the boys have pulled up well but the way Sydney play they're pretty one-on-one competitive, so it was a pretty draining night," Symes said.

"(This week) is just about doing our rehab as best as possible, we had a short week last week and were a little bit lighter, this week we've a seven-day break, so it's about doing our rehab stuff well, whether training drops off is up to the coaches."

Symes said the Crows were braced for five weeks of high intensity play against a quintet of teams all still vying for the top eight.

"There's no easy games for us anymore, every team we come up against will probably be fighting for a finals chance and we'll be the same, so the intensity will be high," he said.

"But that stands you in good stead if you do make the finals."

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