ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Aaron Young of the Power is tackled by Daniel Talia of the Crows during the 2017 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on August 06, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Star Crows defender in doubt for Dons clash

All-Australian defender Daniel Talia is in doubt for Adelaide’s clash with Essendon on Saturday with a groin injury.

Talia reported tightness in his groin to Crows’ fitness staff in the first quarter of Sunday’s Showdown however managed to play out most of the game before coming off midway through the final quarter.

“For precautionary reasons and the state of the game, we were able to rest him with about 10 minutes to go,” Crows general manager of high performance Matt Hass told afc.com.au.

“He’s pulled up pretty well this week and he’ll be a test for this weekend.”

With Kyle Hartigan at least another week away, Andy Otten looks set to replace Talia should he fail a fitness test later in the week.

Midfielder David Mackay also faces a fitness test this week after suffering a corked quad in the same game.

“That was reasonably significant,” Hass said.

“We did what we could.

“The physios and doctors put a fair bit of work into him, but after making one attempt back out on the ground, unfortunately we had to stop his day there.”

With the Crows sitting atop the AFL ladder with a six-point buffer on their nearest rivals, Don Pyke won’t be taking any risks with his side’s fitness heading into September.

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