SEN Adelaide correspondent Tom Rehn says there is genuine concern surrounding the Crows’ middling start to the 2018 season.
Last year’s Grand Finalists have been ravaged by injuries to key personnel, while dropping to 2-2 with a shock eight-goal loss to Collingwood at the Adelaide Oval last Friday night.
Rehn believes the biggest issue for the Crows at the moment is the fitness of star Rory Sloane.
“Rory Sloane is clearly not 100 percent at the moment with that foot issue,” he told SENs KB and The Doc.
“There is no doubt he isn’t anywhere near 100 percent. He is playing banged up, and I think ideally, they would like to rest him.
“The problem is, because they’re already so thread bare through the midfield, he simply has got to play.
“There is no doubt he is playing under a fair bit of duress and probably shouldn’t be out there.
“There are genuine concerns that things are looking a little shaky for them at the moment.”
However, Adelaide isn’t placing injury labels on captain Taylor Walker, according to Rehn.
“The club is adamant Walker is fine,” he said.
“They’ve just said he has had a slow start to the season, or because he didn’t have much of a preseason gives his foot issues which we have spoken about.”
Rehn also thinks Matt Crouch could return next week.
The Crows will look to bounce back this Friday against Sydney at the SCG.
Listen to Tom Rehn's chat with Kevin Bartlett and De Turf on SEN's KB and The Doc in the player below