Crows ace facing fitness race

20 January 2021 15:21:18 GMTPlus11

Adelaide Crows defender Daniel Talia is still struggling to recover from a knee injury and faces a race against time to make round one of the 2021 AFL campaign.

Talia has been battling with knee issues throughout his career and underwent a fourth operation to try and cure the problem back in September.

Four months on and the veteran has yet to start running again and has admitted it is a frustrating time to say the very least.

"I haven't run since the last round so it's been very frustrating, and it was a bit worse than we thought at the end of last year," Talia told AFL.com.au.

"I'd actually been playing with a torn meniscus so I knew something wasn't right because I couldn't bend the leg and couldn't really move for the last 10 weeks.

"I'm starting to get there, I'm starting to build-up my weights and running on the AlterG treadmill which takes body weight off when you run.

"The aim is to be out on deck jogging in the next few weeks."

Meanwhile Talia, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2021, has also dismissed the links to Essendon during the Trade Period and says he is determined to remain a one-club man.

"I was never going to leave the Crows unless they tapped me on the shoulder and said we wanted to trade you and that never happened," he added. "I'm fully committed, and I've still got another year on my contract and would love to be at the club long-term.

"I've got this year to run and I'd love to be a one-club player, but you've got to playing well and the club's got to see you as part of the future as well, there's a long time for that to play out."

The Crows are priced at 100/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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