PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Darcy Fogarty of the Crows kicks a goal during the 2021 AFL Round 09 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on May 16, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Adelaide spearhead Darcy Fogarty remains in doubt to face Port Adelaide for Showdown 53 on Saturday night as he continues to battle a knee injury.

Fogarty was able to finish his side's Round 2 bout with Richmond despite a knee complaint from a nasty fall in the third quarter, with the Crows spearhead receiving treatment on the Adelaide Oval sidelines before returning to the field.

The 23-year-old ended the evening with three goals from his 12 possessions in the 32-point loss, with scans after the match spelling some concern for the Portland product.

A medial sprain was diagnosed on Monday, however further scans on Tuesday have left the Adelaide key forward racing the clock to face Port Adelaide this weekend.

Speaking to 9 News Adelaide, Fogarty was optimistic of his chances, but admitted there's some way to go before being cleared to play.

"The (scan) results will get sent and assessed. But it's feeling really good," Fogarty said of his injury.

"Just a little bit of rest at the moment and then play it by ear.

"I'm not sure (if I'll be playing). I definitely want to but there's a few things we have to get through."

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Darcy Fogarty of the Crows kicks on goal during the 2019 AFL round 21 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Adelaide will already be without young midfielder Patrick Parnell for this week's Showdown due to concussion from a dangerous tackle laid by Tiger Nathan Broad.

Another rough conduct charge from the weekend has impacted Port Adelaide's plans, with defender Ryan Burton to miss his side's next two matches after a dangerous tackle on Collingwood's Jamie Elliott over the weekend.

Showdown 53 will take place at Adelaide Oval at 7:00pm local time, with Port Adelaide entering the encounter with bragging rights, having recorded 27 wins from their 52 clashes with the Crows.


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