Crows defenders fit to face Cats

Crows defenders fit to face Cats

ADELAIDE defensive duo Daniel Talia and Jake Kelly have overcome injury and will play against AFL ladder-leaders Geelong on Friday night.

But forward Tom Lynch may not recover from a calf ailment in time for the trip to face the Cats.

Talia (thigh) and Kelly (calf) were hurt in Adelaide’s last match before the bye last weekend while Lynch was a late withdrawal after being injured in the pre- game warm-up.

Kelly says he and Talia have rejoined full training but Lynch’s selection hinges on his performance at Wednesday training.

“He is getting there but it will be a call if he gets through the main session, which is obviously touch and go at this stage,” Kelly told reporters on Monday.

“He will give it a crack on Wednesday.”

The fifth-placed Crows haven’t won in Geelong in 15 years and they’ll face a Cats side on the rebound after losing to Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

The Crows plan to go to school on Port’s blueprint, which Kelly believed revolved around applying intense pressure.

“You would be naive not to look at a game where they have been beaten a week earlier,” he said.

“It’s all pretty simple, each team is sort of the same: if you can pressure them and beat them at the contest, generally that gives you a pretty good chance to win a game.”

Kelly dismissed Adelaide’s long losing stretch in Geelong as being relevant come Friday.

“I don’t think that is much of an issue at all,” he said.

“Potentially you get into a trap sometimes of thinking ‘oh, it’s Geelong in Geelong’ – historically they have been so good down there for probably 10 or so years.

“We’re going down there to win and we have a really strong belief we can do that.

“It would be a big win … you’d be stupid to think if you won down there it wouldn’t be a big win.

“However, it’s just another step in a 23 week season.”

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