Adelaide Crows are sweating on the fitness of captain Rory Sloane after he picked up what could be a serious knee injury in the win over Richmond.
The Crows are priced at 8/1 to finish in the top eight of the AFL this season and they will be keeping their fingers crossed after Sloane limped out of the action against the Tigers.
Sloane has had a tough time on the injury front. He has been hit by injuries over the last two seasons and has been subbed out of the game on two occasions this season.
Coach Matthew Nicks says they are hoping this latest setback is nothing serious but was unsure when he addressed the media after the game.
"We don't know yet, our fingers are crossed," Nicks said. "It has been a challenging period for him, it just seems to be one thing after the other.
"But he keeps fronting up, he just grinds his way through. He is exactly what we want to be as a footy team."
Even without Sloane on the pitch, the Crows went on to pick up their second win of the season as they booted five of the last seven goals to come from behind.
Nicks was delighted and says the victory was a step in the right direction for his side.
"They showed a lot of maturity under pressure and some grit," Nicks added. "To right the ship or fight back like they did was really pleasing. It will give them a lot of belief.
"We're playing the brand of footy we want to play. It's now locking in and doing that consistently.
"And tonight was a great step in the right direction."