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Shoulder problem no sweat for Porplyzia

By Daniel Brettig 27/08/2008 05:48:04 PM Comments (0)

Jason Porplyzia's loose right shoulder slipped out of its socket yet again at Adelaide training on Wednesday.

Porplyzia though remains a better than even chance of returning to the Crows' 22 against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday after completing his recovery from concussion and brain bruising suffered three weeks ago against Carlton.

Adelaide coach Neil Craig said Porplyzia had accepted that repeatedly hurting his shoulder was inevitable, and that he had resolved to push through it.

"Since Jason's had the injury, every week that he's played he's either hurt it or dislocated it and that's not going to change," Craig said.

"If he plays on the weekend, I reckon you can guarantee it will get dislocated again.

"It could happen with Jason just putting his hand up in the air.

"It can happen anywhere - It could happen running out the race - lets hope not, but it could happen.

"It's more about the capacity for Jason to; one, get the shoulder back in, which we think we can and; two, his capacity to perform with it.

"He showed you against Sydney (when he kicked five goals) that he's clearly capable of doing that."

Retiring backman Nathan Bassett, himself no stranger to playing with a handicap having juggled diabetes throughout his Crows career, said it was difficult to fathom Porplyzia's toughness.

"It's hard to comprehend sometimes what it would be like going into a game believing, or knowing, that there's a real chance of you dislocating your shoulder, especially when you're going for the ball each time," Bassett said.

"That's a really difficult thing for him to go through and it says something about his strength as an individual that he's been able to do it and still perform so well for us."

Porplyzia, midfielder Bernie Vince and tall target Kurt Tippett loom as the three most likely inclusions to the Crows' side for this weekend.

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