ADELAIDE high-flyer Mitch McGovern will be right to play against Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but superstar forward Eddie Betts and midfielder David Mackay remain in doubt.
McGovern copped a knock to his jaw in the Crows’ 48-point loss to Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval last Friday night.
Betts didn’t play out the game because of hamstring tightness and the Crows are likely to err on the side of caution with the 31-year-old, while Mackay was concussed for the second time in three weeks.
“Mitch is fine,” said Adelaide assistant coach Josh Francou.
“(Eddie) had a bit of hamstring tightness.”
“He’ll be assessed by the medical staff to see what the outcome is with his hamstring and they’ll make the call based on that.”
“I haven’t seen David today, but the medical staff will take care of that.”
The Crows have a lengthy injury list, including reigning club champion Matt Crouch (hamstring), older brother Brad (groin), rookie forward Lachlan Murphy (hamstring) and former North Melbourne midfielder Sam Gibson (hamstring).
Captain Taylor Walker (foot) had an interrupted pre-season, while gun midfielder Rory Sloane has also been hampered by a foot issue.
Despite their injury toll, the Crows are adopting a no excuses mentality.
“It’s a tough contact sport and I guess the game throws that at clubs in various times throughout the year,” Francou said.
“Sometimes you’ll have years where you don’t get a lot of injuries and other times you get hit fairly hard by injuries.”
“We’re in that space at the moment. If you’re looking at positives to come out of it, it gives other guys opportunities.”
“We’re not looking for excuses as far as personnel out, absolutely not, we refer get back to that contest phase and that ability to compete at the level that’s required.”
“Everyone across the board has to bring that, it’s not just the players that aren’t playing and relying on them to come back into the side and get us back on track.”
“Ultimately, we do have a lot of injuries, but as I said it gives the younger guys and the younger boys a look at senior footy.”