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Milera suffers hamstring injury at training

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Adelaide Crows defender Wayne Milera is set for a short stint on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury at training.

The 26-year-old reported soreness in his right hamstring after the Crows' training session on Monday with scans later confirming the extent of the injury.

Adelaide's High Performance Manager Darren Burgess expects the rebounding defender to be back in time for the club's pre-season games later next month.

Adelaide High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said the club expects "Wayne will be back in main training in two to three weeks".

"He will commence his rehabilitation straight away and we won't take any risks, so he won't play in the internal trial on February 16, but we expect him to be available for the practice games against Port Adelaide or West Coast," he said.

The Crows kick off their pre-season campaign against archrivals Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval on Friday February 23 before facing West Coast at Hisense Stadium on March 2.

Milera has had an interrupted pre-season after missing some training sessions pre-Christmas due to an injury to the same hamstring.

He had re-joined the Crows' main group in recent weeks before the re-occurrence of the injury.

Wayne Milera in action for the Adelaide Crows. (Image: AFL)

Milera is coming off arguably a career-best season in 2023, where he featured in 22 games and posted career-high disposal numbers.

The Gunditjmara and Narangga man was an exceptionally talented junior footballer who was taken with Adelaide's first selection (pick 11) in the 2015 AFL National Draft.

He made his debut in the opening round of the 2016 season and has played 96 games over eight seasons.

Milera featured in just two games across the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to a combination of serious foot and knee injuries.

He is set to play his 100th game for the club in Round 4, barring missing any games to due injury or suspension.

The Crows begin their season with a clash against the Gold Coast Suns at Heritage Bank Stadium

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