ADELAIDE has been dealt a blow in their attempt to get their season back on track, with gun Crows forward Eddie Betts to miss the next two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Rookie forward Lachlan Murphy (hamstring) and veteran midfielder David Mackay (concussion) need to pass fitness tests before being considered for Friday night’s blockbuster against Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while former North Melbourne wingman Sam Gibson has experienced complications with his hamstring injury and is at least three weeks away from debuting for his new club.
Betts, 31, sat out the final term of Adelaide’s 48-point loss to Collingwood at Adelaide Oval last Friday night with a tight hamstring.
“Unfortunately, Ed’s come off with a little bit of hammy tightness. We expect him to miss maybe two weeks,” said Crows general manager of high performance Matt Hass.
“He’s commenced running already and is progressing really well.”
After playing the first three matches of the season, Murphy injured his hamstring at a training session last Thursday.
“He had a little bit of hammy tightness, so we took a cautious approach being a first-year player,” Hass said.
The Crows will also err on the side of caution with Mackay after his second concussion in three weeks.
Gibson – who played 130 games in succession for North Melbourne before being traded to West Lakes at the end of last year – was on course to debut for his new club in round one, but injured his hamstring at the club’s captain’s run in Melbourne the day prior to the game against Essendon.
The midfield stopper has been delayed in making his Crows’ debut due to back-related hamstring symptoms.
In some good news for last year’s Grand Finalist, who have started their 2018 campaign in less than convincing fashion, having suffered losses to Essendon and Collingwood in the opening four rounds, reigning club champion Matt Crouch could return from his hamstring injury for the round six match against Gold Coast.
“He’s taken a little while to get going, but now progressing really nicely and we expect him back in the next week or so,” said Hass.