Star Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane requires surgery to a fractured eye socket suffered at training on Friday and will not participate in any practice matches.
However, the Crows vice-captain is expected to be fit in time for their season opener against Greater Western Sydney on March 26.
His teammate Jake Lever is also in the wars, straining his hamstring. But he should face the Brisbane Lions in their final pre-season hitout on March 11.
“He (Sloane) will have surgery once the swelling reduces,” Crows General Manager High Performance Matt Hass said
“Jake has a minor hamstring strain which will keep him out for three weeks.”
Adelaide’s first practice match is against Richmond on February 24.
Brett Burton, AFC's Head of Football, spoke to Jars & Louie on The Rush Hour this afternoon in Adelaide: