Crows sweating over Walker’s fitness after ‘substantial knock’

ADELAIDE can be sweating on the health of veteran Taylor Walker after he suffered a neck pressure towards Brisbane on Saturday, however coach Matthew Nicks is hopeful the veteran can be okay.

Walker suffered a nasty collision within the second quarter, after he slid at tempo in the direction of a contest and his head collided with the hip of Brisbane’s Daniel Rich.

The star ahead struggled to rise up after the incident and was later subbed out of the sport.

He is about to be assessed in coming days, along with his availability for subsequent week’s sport towards Essendon now unsure.

Speaking post-match, Nicks stated he was hopeful Walker can be effective.

“He received fairly a considerable knock to his neck, we had been extraordinarily involved early however he’s been cleared (of concussion). Now we have simply started working by how his neck comes again,” Nicks stated.

“The resolution was made for him to not play on … he could not transfer his neck in any respect. But he’s okay, he is just a bit bit stiff and sore in the intervening time.

“We’re undecided (if he’ll have scans). It’s one they’re going to most likely let settle in a single day and I’m certain they’re going to have some (anti-inflammatories) to try to assist him sleep by the evening.”

After competing with Brisbane for a lot of Saturday’s contest, the Lions finally steamrolled the Crows, kicking eight of the final 9 targets of the match to win by 52 factors.

Nicks was disenchanted along with his facet’s fadeout within the second half, however stated he was pleased with the gamers’ efforts.

“The margin in the long run, I did not really feel represented the sport in any respect. I believe we fought it out effectively,” he stated.

“We tried various issues within the final quarter. We put Tom Doedee ahead … (however) we weren’t capable of give Tom or the important thing forwards fairly sufficient alternative.

“We (made some modifications) however sadly towards a extremely good facet that’s going to punish you for any errors … we have been uncovered.”

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Brisbane coach Chris Fagan in the meantime was additionally pleased with his facet, particularly after enduring a tricky lead-up to the sport.

The Lions – who’re presently based mostly in Victoria attributable to COVID considerations – had fly-in and fly-out association for Saturday’s sport, which Fagan stated was a problem.

“(We had) an early rise at about 5:30-6 this morning, to fly over right here for a COVID take a look at, I believe that is our third COVID take a look at in three days,” Fagan stated.

“It was an uncommon preparation for all the fellows. Athletes are creatures of behavior so it felt completely different at the moment.

“It was a novel problem however I believe what we have developed as a crew now’s the capability to play beneath any circumstances as a result of they preserve altering.

“They toughed it out tonight and it is a good constructive end result for us.”

Fagan was additionally stuffed with reward for Zac Bailey, who starred towards the Crows with three targets, 9 clearances and 26 touches.

“He’s grown this yr, he is definitely captured everybody’s creativeness. His velocity and agility is excellent,” Fagan stated.

“He’s beginning to acquire extra of the ball himself as he gathers extra confidence.

“He’s received to maintain working away at his craft and studying from the great guys he is received round him … he may effectively turn into one of many actually good mids within the competitors.”

Fagan added that Lachie Neale must be effective to play subsequent week, after he was a late out towards the Crows with a calf concern.

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