Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker ruled out for weeks for conditioning program

The Adelaide Crows’ injury-hit season has continued with the news that captain Taylor Walker is set to be sidelined for multiple weeks due to a conditioning program.

Walker has struggled with a nagging foot injury throughout this season, and the condition has caused him to be below his usual best the Crows.

The Crows hope that by the completion of the conditioning program, their spearhead will be able to return to the AFL with a clean bill of health.

Walker is the latest in a long line of casualties for Adelaide, with forward Riley Knight also set to miss some time due to hamstring tendinitis.

Adelaide’s head of football Brett Burton suggested that the injuries highlighted the importance of a complete pre-season.

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“It’s obviously not an ideal situation but once again shows the importance of completing a full pre-season, which both Taylor and Riley were unable to do due to injuries,” Burton told Adelaide’s club website. 

Adelaide assistant coach Matthew Clarke also agreed that Walker’s truncated pre-season was affecting the star forward’s play.

“The reality is that Tex’s preparation has been pretty interrupted right from pre-season,” he said.

“He’s had a series of niggles that have come up along the way.

“It won’t be extended, but it will be a period of time that allows him to physically be able to perform.”

In addition to their skipper, All-Australian midfielder Matt Crouch and defender Luke Brown are also in doubt for the Crows’ Friday night clash with the Western Bulldogs.

 

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