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Sloane cleared, Keath to debut against Cats

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Midfielder Rory Sloane will be joined by former cricketer Alex Keath in the Adelaide side to play Geelong in Friday night’s AFL heavyweight battle.

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Sloane had been in doubt after being knocked out last weekend but has passed concussion tests, Adelaide coach Don Pyke says.

“We expect him to play,” Pyke told reporters today.

“He has trained during the week, pulled up really well. He would have to go backwards from here to not play.

“He has passed the tests he needed to pass.”

Keath, who played Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria before committing to Australian Rules, will make his AFL debut replacing defender Jake Lever, who has been ruled out because of a hamstring injury.

“It’s fantastic for Alex, the work he has done, and obviously the transition from cricket to footy,” Pyke said.

“It’s exciting for him and he comes in on a big night for the footy club.”

The ladder-leading Crows are seeking to snap a five-game losing streak against the second-placed Cats in the Adelaide Oval encounter.

Rory Sloane is set to play against the Cats tomorrow night after recovering from concussion. Photo: Michael Errey/InDaily

– AAP

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