Former Adelaide forward Eddie Betts kicked three goals and almost took mark of the year against his old side as Carlton overpowered Adelaide at Marvel Stadium.
Carlton gave under-fire coach David Teague some relief ahead of the looming review of the AFL club’s football department, producing a much-needed 10-point win the win.
The Blues got off to a slow start at Marvel Stadium on Sunday before flicking a mental switch and taking the game on during a dominant second term to set the platform for a 12.11 (83) to 10.13 (73) victory.
Sloane had 23 disposals and four tackles for Adelaide in a typically hard-working display against the Blues at Marvel Stadium.
But coach Matthew Nicks later revealed the tough midfielder has a “high-grade tendon injury” in a finger.
“Fingers crossed on that but to be honest we’re a bit concerned,” Nicks said.
Crows youngster Lochie Gollant had a similar injury earlier in the year that required surgery and led to about two months on the sidelines.
That recovery time frame for Sloane could see the 31-year-old put on ice in preparation for 2022.
“That’s the fear at the moment if it is the same injury,” Nicks said.
Adelaide wingman Paul Seedsman kicked two goals from 24 disposals and Taylor Walker could have been a match-winner, kicking 3.4 in an entertaining battle with Jacob Weitering.
The Crows dominated the clearances 38-22, with Rory Laird and Ben Keays busy, but lost the inside-50 count (51-54).
Adelaide led by a goal at the first break before Carlton piled on eight goals to three in the second term to burst 34 points clear.
But there were some nervous moments for the Blues in the final quarter when the Crows closed the gap to 10 points.
Adelaide’s Lachlan Sholl missed a simple shot at goal that would have cut the margin to six points with one minute left.
Adelaide will host Brisbane on Saturday while Port Adelaide, which defeated Sydney on Saturday night, is scheduled to tackle Hawthorn in Melbourne.
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