Ade­laide hit by McGovern in­jury

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ADE­LAIDE has been dealt a ma­jor blow on the eve of its pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Gee­long, with key for­ward Mitch McGovern suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury.

Al­though the sever­ity of McGovern’s in­jury re­mains un­clear, it has thrown the tal­ented 22-year-old’s chances of play­ing in Fri­day night’s cru­cial clash into huge doubt.

The Crows con­firmed the grow­ing whis­pers about McGovern’s in­jury is­sue yes­ter­day, say­ing he would “un­dergo fur­ther med­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion” af­ter re­port­ing ham­string sore­ness to the club.

McGovern has en­joyed a bright sea­son in the Crows for­ward line, kick­ing 20 goals from 13 games and re­cently earn­ing a lu­cra­tive three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the club.

One of Ade­laide’s form play­ers in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, McGovern kicked dom­i­nant bags of four goals against Colling­wood and Syd­ney in the lead-up to the fi­nals se­ries.

He kicked one goal in its qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal win against GWS.

Ade­laide takes on Gee­long at the Ade­laide Oval on Fri­day night, hop­ing to se­cure its first grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance since its last premier­ship suc­cess in 1998.

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