Crows captain Rory Sloane out for the season with ruptured ACL

Josh Rachele points skyward and smiles as Crows teammates run to join him

Adelaide captain Rory Sloane will miss the rest of the AFL season after scans confirmed he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Key points:

  • Rory Sloane says this latest injury will not signal the end of his AFL career
  • The injury came late in the Crows’ impressive win over Richmond on Saturday
  • Sloane says he is relishing the “challenge to come back fitter and healthier”

Sloane was hurt during the final quarter of the Crows’ 19-point win over Richmond on Saturday night and had to be helped off the field by medicos before being substituted out of the game.

The 32-year-old will have reconstructive surgery in the coming week in a significant blow for Adelaide as they chase a surprise finals berth.

But the experienced midfielder is adamant the injury will not be the end of his decorated career.

“For me at 32 doing a knee is not ideal but it’s a great challenge to come back fitter and healthier,” Sloane said.

“It’s a little reset on the body for me to go again.

“I’ve seen my sister Shae go through it before and I have been inspired by her positive attitude and diligent approach to her rehabilitation.”

Sloane’s injury took some of the gloss off a polished Adelaide performance, in which they triumphed 15.11 (101) to 12.10 (82) to bank a second win of the season.

They take on the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat in round six.

“Saturday night was an incredible result for us as a team,” Sloane said.

“So while I’m obviously disappointed I won’t be on the field for the rest of the season, I will be doing everything I can off it to help us keep improving.”

Josh Rachele points skyward and smiles as Crows teammates run to join him
The Crows rallied in the last quarter to complete their win over Richmond.(Getty Images: James Elsby)

Sloane played only a dozen games in 2020 and 18 last year after a string of problems including a foot injury and a detached retina in an eye.

This season, he was subbed out in two of his last three games.

“It has been a challenging period for him … it just seems to be one thing after the other,” Crows coach Matthew Nicks said.

“But he keeps fronting up … he just grinds his way through. He is exactly what we want to be as a footy team.”




Author: Ivan Robinson