Injured Crow to face AFL grand final test

Injured Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern will have to do “absolutely everything” at training on Wednesday to prove his fitness for the AFL grand final.

Adelaide vice-captain Rory Sloane says McGovern’s training performance will likely determine if he plays in the premiership decider against Richmond on Saturday at the MCG.

“(Do) absolutely everything at training and just be confident in it. He is just going to have to prove himself tomorrow,” Sloane told reporters on Tuesday.

“He has been running at the start of this week and that is as much as we can ask of him at the moment.

“There’s not too much extra treatment that we can probably do … and he has got nothing to lose; he either gets up and plays or he doesn’t.

“We will give him every chance.

“He is feeling pretty good running-wise … but he hasn’t done a main training session yet, so he has got to get through tomorrow.”

McGovern’s fitness is Adelaide’s sole selection worry with the 22-year-old forward replaced by Andy Otten for the club’s preliminary final win.

Sloane was involved in a crunching collision with Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield last Friday, which the Crows midfielder said had taken time to recover from.

“It’s like running into a brick wall with Danger, he’s a very strong man so I’m just glad I came away unscathed,” Sloane said.

Sloane said he was never concerned at facing a match review panel charge.

“I wasn’t worried at all really, I only started hearing about it on Sunday morning when a bit of media started talking about,” he said.

Sloane also backed Richmond captain Trent Cotchin being cleared to play after also coming under scrutiny.

“I think they made the right decision with absolutely everyone,” he said.

“Trent was the same, he was going hard at the ball, so I think it was good decisions all round.”

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