Surgery to put Gallucci out until 2021

27 June 2020 18:47:20 GMTPlus10

Emerging Adelaide midfielder Jordan Gallucci is out until 2021, after rupturing his left Achilles tendon.

The 22-year-old, who will have surgery in the coming days, suffered the injury in a training drill on Friday.

It will now require 9-12 months of rehabilitation.

Steve Saunders.

Crows head of science and medicine Steve Saunders said: "Jordan has had no tendon or lower leg issues at all during the preseason and went into training today with no history of calf/Achilles symptoms over the past couple of years.

"This is obviously devastating for Jordan given it will now require 9-12 months of rehabilitation."

Gallucci has played 27 games for Adelaide since joining the club with the No.15 pick in the 2016 AFL Draft. 

His most recent senior appearance came in round 16, 2019, when the Crows lost the Showdown by 57 points to Port Adelaide.

His injury comes as a further blow to the club, who are bottom of the AFL ladder for the first time in their history.

The Crows are yet to win a game under first-year coach Matthew Nicks, and trail fellow winless side Fremantle on percentage due to their heavy defeats in the past two rounds to the Power and Gold Coast.

Nicks has brought forward Shane McAdam in for his debut in Sunday's meeting with third-placed Brisbane at the Gabba.
McAdam, who joined the Crows at the end of 2018, booted 22 goals for Adelaide's SANFL side last year.

Key forward Taylor Walker has kept his spot, despite criticism of his performances since the resumption of the campaign.

Nicks said: "He's a leader, a really important leader for us; he's going to be under scrutiny and we understand that. We've backed him in."

Adelaide are 23/4 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 3/25. The Crows are 91/100 with a 34.5-points start.

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