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Aussie Rules: Crows ace in race for round one

Adelaide midfielder Rory Laird is a doubt for round one of the 2022 AFL campaign after suffering a broken hand against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

The Crows are priced at 5/1 to finish in the top eight of the AFL and play finals football and Laird will be a key player for coach Matthew Nicks in the months ahead.

Injury worry

However Laird could be missing for the opening round of the season after suffering a suspected broken hand during the Crows' AAMI Community Series loss to the Power.

Adelaide suffered a 37-point loss against their arch rivals and just to make matters worse their best-and-fairest midfielder had fingers on his right hand strapped up after the game.

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Nicks is now sweating on the outcome of scan results and will be keeping his fingers crossed for good news. Adelaide play Fremantle at home on 20th March and it now remains to be seen if Laird will make it.

"It's a suspected broken hand, we have our fingers crossed that it may be a week or two, but it may be worse than that," Nicks told the media after the game.

Port have own concerns

Meanwhile Port did not escape without injury concerns as Robbie Gray left the field in the first half with a hamstring issue.

However coach Ken Hinkley did not sound too concerned when he addressed the media after the game.

"He had some slight hamstring stuff going on in the first quarter," Hinkley said. "He said 'look I'm not sure, I feel OK', but it's a simple decision, you're out.

"I imagine he'd be very, very much in the mix for round one."

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