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Alex Keath is expected to return to AFL football this week as the Crows head west to face the reigning premier this Sunday.

The key defender has missed the past two weeks with an ankle injury, but is likely to play against the Eagles.

“Alex has progressed nicely so he’ll train with the group this week and we expect him to be available for West Coast,” Crows General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass said.

Eddie Betts is also expected to play this weekend despite sustaining a rib injury against the Saints.

“Ed got a knee to the ribs in the second quarter in a bit of friendly fire from Sloaney,” Hass said.

“He’s pulled up well so he’ll train fully and we expect him to play.”

Kyle Hartigan will be tested at Adelaide’s main training session after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday’s match.

“Harto rolled his ankle in a marking contest,” Hass said.

“That was assessed by the doctors, re-tapped and he played out the match.

“He’ll be managed early in the week, but we expect him to play this weekend.”

Injury list as of Tuesday, August 6

Hartigan (Ankle) - Test
Ellis-Yolmen (Shin) - 1-2 weeks
McHenry (Back) - 2-3 weeks
McPherson (Hamstring) - 3-4 weeks
Hunter (Foot) - 5 weeks
Doedee (ACL) - Season
 

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A trio of senior players face fitness tests to take on the Hawks in Canberra on Friday night while another three players are available to play.

Jeremy Cameron, Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer will all put their hands up for selection should they get through Tuesday’s main training session.

“At this stage if Jeremy gets through training he’s probably a chance to play, at this stage in the same boat as Josh Kelly,” GIANTS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell said.

“Josh has been out for a bit longer time but he’s also a chance along with Matt de Boer. We’re training this afternoon so if they all get through training they’re all a chance to play.”

Defender Aidan Corr (calf), utility Isaac Cumming (hamstring) and draftee Xavier O’Halloran (knee) are all available to play after overcoming their respective injuries.

“They’re all available to play,” Campbell said.

“They’ve done all the necessary things they need to do.

“We’ve got a NEAFL bye this weekend so we’ve just got the senior game but if they’re selected they’re available to play in the AFL.”

The GIANTS take on the Hawks at UNSW Canberra Oval on Friday at 7:50pm while the NEAFL side has a bye.

Rehab Group - August 6

Jeremy Cameron

Calf

Test

Josh Kelly

Calf

Test

Matt de Boer

Shoulder

Test

Sam Taylor

Hamstring

3 weeks

Stephen Coniglio

Knee

5 weeks

Zac Langdon

Ankle

5 weeks

Jonny Patton

Knee

TBC

Callan Ward

Knee

Season

Matt Flynn

Knee

Season
 

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Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall is facing a race against the clock to make another appearance in 2019.

Birchall injured his hamstring in the third quarter of the Hawks' clash with North Melbourne on Friday night.

Darren Minchington is also battling to keep his season alive, with the forward estimated to miss at least another three weeks.

Ryan Schoenmakers is closing in on his return from a calf injury with the premiership Hawk hopeful of playing within the next fortnight.

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Ryan Schoenmakers – calf – 1-2 weeks
Grant Birchall – hamstring – 2-3 weeks
Darren Minchington – hamstring – 3-5 weeks
Harrison Jones – PCL – season
Tom Mitchell – leg – season
Jarman Impey – ACL – season
Tim Mohr – knee - season
 
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