Taylor Walker of the Crows during the round 21 match against the Bombers.
Taylor Walker of the Crows during the round 21 match against the Bombers. TRACEY NEARMY

Crows skipper declares himself fit to face Swans

ADELAIDE captain Taylor Walker has declared his availability for Friday night's Adelaide Oval blockbuster against Sydney, saying he is "all good" to play.

"I am all good," he said as Adelaide set its sights on redeeming last year's "embarrassing" semi-final exit to the Swans and shoring up top spot.

Walker had X-rays on a sore foot last week and has had his fingers and thumbs bandaged in recent games.

The standout key forward left the field in the first quarter of the 43-point win against Essendon on Saturday night before returning and playing a key role in the win.

"It's just that time of the year when you are a little bit sore here and there," Walker told Triple M of his bandaged body.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane also expects to play against Sydney but has more work to do than Walker to get up for a match between two teams who could square off in the finals.

 

Rory Sloane of the Crows is battling to be fit to face the Swans on Friday.
Rory Sloane of the Crows is battling to be fit to face the Swans on Friday. TRACEY NEARMY

Sloane aggravated a longstanding knee injury in the third quarter against the Bombers but, like Walker, returned to play out the game.

"I pulled up really well," Sloane said.

"It's feeling really good and I'll do absolutely everything I can recovery-wise to make sure I am right for this week. That's all I can do at this stage."

Adelaide will play white-hot Sydney, which has recovered from losing its first six games to surge to fifth with a 12-8 record, for the first time since beaten knocked out of last year's finals by six goals.

Walker said that finals loss was still firmly entrenched in the Crows players' minds and that they were out for redemption on Friday.

"The last time we played them, in the finals, it sits in the back of the players' minds," he said.

"I know it sits in the back of my mind."

News Corp Australia


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