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.”
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.