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Goodwin only out for one AFL match

By Daniel Brettig 09/06/2009 05:00:22 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide captain Simon Goodwin should only have to wait a fortnight to play his 250th AFL game for the club after scans revealed his knee injury is only a minor medial ligament strain.

Goodwin twisted his knee while laying a strong tackle midway through the win over Essendon on Sunday, but was fit enough on Tuesday to lead his teammates in a light training session.

In Goodwin's absence this week there is a spot open to be claimed by a hardened body, meaning Brent Reilly is a strong chance of a recall after being best afield for Sturt against Central District in the SANFL on Monday.

"It's great news that he'll only probably miss a week, hopefully he'll be back next week after the bye, unfortunately he can't play this week, but we're grateful it is only a minor injury," said Crows ruckman Brad Moran.

"There's a couple of guys in contention, Brent Reilly's one of them ... in terms of playing a defensive role Radar would probably sit best there."

The Crows were brilliant in front of goal and through midfield against the Bombers, as they continued to piece together a formidable game plan after a stuttering start.

A midtable logjam still has Adelaide out of the top eight after 11 rounds, although the improved output from forwards Kurt Tippett, Taylor Walker and Chris Knights has them aiming higher.

"There is some fine-tuning you need to do along the way, every game gives you education on what you need to do better," Moran said.

"I don't think there's been any major changes to what we've done, it's been pretty solid since pre-season, now it's starting to come together and we're really starting to play well.

"It's nice to be known as a top four side, but the old cliche is take every week as it comes. We're still sitting ninth at the moment so there's still a lot of work to be done in terms of that.

"It's good we're finally getting some reward for our effort and playing good football, it's just about trying to win the next game and then we'll see where we're at."

The Crows face North Melbourne on Sunday, their last match before the mid-season break, in what will be Kangaroo veteran Adam Simpson's 300th appearance.

Moran played three games in as many years at Arden St and said there would be plenty of effort among the `Roos to win for their former skipper.

"North Melbourne is a passionate footy club and they will be fired up and ready to go, I'd imagine," he said.

"It's just about us and what we can do to break their spirits early."

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