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Crows allay Walker, Jacobs injury fears


Adelaide have allayed injury concerns over captain Taylor Walker and Sam Jacobs, who could miss Friday night’s AFL game against Western Bulldogs to be at the birth of his first child.

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Walker (glute tightness) and Jacobs (back spasms) both reported injuries during the Crows’ last-minute loss to Port on Saturday, although both played out the game.

Adelaide backman Daniel Talia says he expects Walker and Jacobs to be fit to face the Dogs at Adelaide Oval, though Jacobs’ availability depends on when his wife gives birth.

His wife Izzy is due to give birth mid-week.

“He has come out and said if she goes into labour he will be there,” Talia told reporters today.

“It’s a pretty common thing these days, put family ahead of one game of footy. It will be their first child and a pretty special moment for Sauce.”

Back-up ruckman Reilly O’Brien, 22, is on standby to replace Jacobs should the birth happen on game day.

“He s a really good ruckman that is ready to go so if Sauce happens to go out, we have got a like-for-like replacement,” Talia said.

Talia expected Walker to front against the Bulldogs – the skipper was troubled by glute tightness during the five-point loss to Port on Saturday but continued playing – he kicked a 60m goal in the final minutes.

“He is is good,” Talia said.

“He kicked that 60-metre goal … judging by that kick, it can’t be too bad.”

The fourth-placed Crows hold a 5-3 win-loss record but are just one win ahead of the 13th-placed Bulldogs.

“They look like they have got their pressure and that contested style of game going again this year,” Talia said of the Dogs.

“It’s going to be another real big test of our contested footy and a real pressure game again.”


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