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Jenkins cleared of ACL injury

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Adelaide Crows forward Josh Jenkins says he has avoided a worst-case AFL season-ending knee injury, but is still awaiting a diagnosis on how long he’ll be sidelined.

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Jenkins has been told he didn’t tear the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last night’s 33-point win against Richmond.

He told media today scans this morning had been “able to eliminate the worst fears”.

“As we thought last night, it’s not an ACL – all good,” he said.

However, he said it wasn’t the radiologists’ role to “give a diagnosis”.

“I’ll go and see the doctors and physios and work out what the scan looks like,” he said.

Jenkins’ right knee graphically hyper-extended in the last minute of Adelaide’s victory and he was stretchered from Adelaide Oval.

The injury comes just as Jenkins was hitting top gear after being dropped from Adelaide’s side for a six-game stretch.

Jenkins booted four goals in the triumph against the Tigers, taking his goal tally to nine in the three games since his AFL recall.

“He was probably the dominant forward on the ground so fingers crossed it’s not too bad and we can get him back out there as soon as possible,” Crows coach Don Pyke said post-match.

“He is a bit sore and ginger at the moment. It’s too early to tell what level of damage that is and whether he misses weeks or not.

“But at this stage it’s positive news that it looks like his ACL is fine.”

The fourth-placed Crows enter their bye weekend with other injury worries – Daniel Talia (thigh), Jake Kelly (calf) and Lachlan Murphy (broken teeth) were all hurt against Richmond.

-with AAP

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