Mixed injury news for Crows

22 April 2021 13:59:59 GMTPlus10

Adelaide have been boosted by the news Taylor Walker is fit to face Hawthorn on Sunday, but it is not all good news as Sam Berry is ruled out.

Walker has been a revelation for the Crows this season when booting 22 goals in five games but he was stopped in his tracks after picking up a calf issue in the defeat to Fremantle last week.

Thankfully for the Crows it was nothing serious and after cruising through training on Thursday he is now in line to face the Hawks in Launceston.

While Walker will take his place in the side, Berry will miss out after picking up an ankle injury in Thursday's training session.

The 19-year-old midfielder has impressed in his debut season, playing all five games so far, but will need scans to discover the full extent of the damage.

The clash against the Hawks is sure to be a non-starter whatever the scans show and it means former GWS mid Jackson Hately is likely to get the nod to replace him.

"He has obviously played at the level before and is an AFL-standard player," Crows midfielder Rory Laird said. "If the opportunity arose this week, I'm sure he's around the mark to get in the team."

Meanwhile Laird says there will be no complacency against a Hawks side that currently sits 17th on the AFL ladder.

"Similar to us, very young (with) an exciting brand of football, they attack the game well," Laird added. "They played three really good quarters of football last week against Melbourne, who are top of the table.

"If you watch any of the AFL games this year, it's pretty hard to pick a winner, they're all pretty even."

Adelaide are priced at 42/25 to beat the Hawks.

The Crows are 150/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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