Kyle Hartigan during the round 15 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 1, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide defender Kyle Hartigan will miss the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a hamstring injury against Carlton on Saturday at the MCG.

The 25-year-old left the field in the third quarter of the Crows’ 12-point win last weekend, and will now miss his first game of the season after featuring in Adelaide’s first 14.

“Scan results have revealed a little bit of damage to that hamstring,” Adelaide General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass told afc.com.au on Tuesday.

“We expect him (Hartigan) to be out for about a month to six weeks.”

Hass also confirmed Tom Lynch will miss another week of football, as he recovers from viral meningitis.

Lynch spent some time in hospital last week and is still resting at home despite visiting the club on Monday, but Hass said the club will take it slow with the forward.

“Lynchy won’t play this weekend and will be an ongoing assessment for the weeks ahead,” Hass said.

“We won’t rush things with Tom.

“It’ll be a day-by-day assessment on how he adapts and copes with physical activity.”