Crows suffers more injury woe

16 February 2021 17:50:46 GMTPlus11

Adelaide defender Tom Doedee is facing a race to be ready for round one of the 2021 AFL season after suffering a groin injury in training.

Doedee has had heaps of bad luck on the injury front in recent seasons, making just 10 appearances in the last two years.

He missed the entire 2019 AFL season after suffering a serious knee injury in round one and then missed the back end of 2020 with a hamstring issue.

It was hoped his problems were behind him as he made his way through pre-season, but the injury jinx has struck again.

He will now sit out an intraclub match at West Lakes on Saturday but no date has been set for his return as yet.

"After appearing close to re-joining the main group, Tom has irritated the right groin which had been holding him back for the past fortnight," the club's footy boss Adam Kelly said on Tuesday.

"He will be assessed during the week, after which we will have a clearer picture regarding his return to play date."

Meanwhile there is some good news regards new recruit Mitch Hinge, who does not need surgery after dislocating his shoulder on Monday.

"Pleasingly, scans have confirmed minor damage only, meaning surgery will not be required," Kelly said.

"He will be rehabilitated and managed conservatively back to full training. Over the coming week, we will be able to make a better assessment regarding expected return to play timelines.

"Thankfully, Mitch has completed a very strong pre-season and has a good foundation for the year ahead."

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