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Crows midfielder Brad Symes will have a knee clean-out today.

Symes has battled knee soreness in recent weeks and the arthroscopy will keep him off the main training track until late January.

“He has just got a little bit of material in the knee which needs cleaning out,” said caretaker football operations manager John Reid.

Senior coach Neil Craig told supporters at Tuesday night’s members information night that Ben Rutten (knee) and Nathan Bock (heel) would start running before Christmas. Nathan van Berlo (back) will be held back until after the break.

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Brad Moran, Has he ever played?:S

Crows ruckman Brad Moran has had minor knee surgery. Moran had an arthroscopy to clean out his knee and repair the cartilage and will not return to full training until mid-January. He played seven AFL games in 2009 before a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament ended his season at round 13.

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No replacment for otten yet :(

ADELAIDE coach Neil Craig says the race to replace injured defender Andy Otten is wide open, with no one player confirmed as a definite starter for round one.

Otten, 20, had a full knee reconstruction on Friday morning after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a non-contact drill at training on Thursday.

The NAB Rising Star runner-up was trying to sidestep an opponent on Max Basheer Reserve when his knee gave way beneath him.

He heard a crunching sound as he collapsed to the ground and scans that afternoon confirmed he would miss the entire 2010 season.

Craig said Otten had been earmarked for a greater role in the midfield next year.

“It’s really disappointing for Andy. He had an outstanding year, played every game and his form in pre-season had been fantastic,” Craig told afl.com.au. “He’d done a lot of his training in the midfield and was showing some really good signs that he could add to our midfield for 2010, but that’s not going to happen now.

“Andy’s a really strong-minded person, so we need to make sure we use the next 12 months to make him a better player in terms of conditioning, strength, leadership and game knowledge.

“He won’t have another 20-plus games under his belt, but we need to make sure all the other parts of his game progress.”

Otten will join upgraded rookie Brodie Martin, who is five months into his rehabilitation from the same injury, on the sidelines.

The injury to Otten has opened the door for one of No.10 draft pick Phil Davis, utility Will Young or dashing half-back Tony Armstrong to cement a spot in the Crows’ defence.

Craig didn’t even rule out replacing Otten with a draftee, like key-position player Daniel Talia, should a newcomer demand selection over the summer months.

“The sun comes up and the game keeps going on, that’s the reality of it. When Andy went down yesterday you could feel the emotion out there as a group because they all had a fair idea of the severity of it,” he said.

“But we push on because every club has injuries and it will be an opportunity for someone else. I don’t know who those guys are at the moment, but they’ll emerge and that will be based on their performance at training and in the NAB Cup.

“I don’t want to put limitations on any of our players, so if a Rory Sloane, any of our rookies or any of our four, new draftees can push into the side we’ll play them.”

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Gold Coast Offer wasnt tempting!

ADELAIDE forward Kurt Tippett has revealed he knocked back an offer from the new Gold Coast franchise to continue his promising AFL career with the Crows.

Tippett, 22, was due to come out of contract at the end of next year but recently agreed to the terms of a new deal, which will see him remain at West Lakes until at least the end of 2012.

The Queenslander joined his teammates for the start of pre-season training on Thursday and said it was a relief to have his contract negotiations out of the way.

“It was great to sign up with the club for three years and I’m very excited that I know where my future is going to be,” Tippett said.

“There was a little bit of heat [on me to stay]. It was great to hear everyone’s support because they all wanted me to stay in Adelaide and so did I. My manager was keen for me to weigh up all the options, although my sole focus was always staying in Adelaide.

“I was kept out if it [the negotiations] but I think my manager had two offers in his head and he came to ask me [what I wanted to do]. He asked me my preference, I told him and he did the business.”

Tippett, who finished second in Adelaide’s goalkicking this year, will now turn his attention to improving his aerobic fitness over the pre-season.

In three years at the club, he is yet to complete a full pre-season, fracturing a vertebra in his neck shortly after arriving in Adelaide at the end of 2006 and battling knee tendonitis last summer.

Tippett said his first goal for pre-season was to set a personal best time in the club’s three-kilometre time trial on Saturday.

“I want to get better aerobically, so I can play in the ruck and also up forward better,” he said.

“I also want to work on my marking and goalkicking skills. I think I can kick a few more goals, so that’s something I’ll be looking to do.”

The Crows sweltered in Thursday’s two-hour training session, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees.

Tippett said the players had started preparing for the extreme heat early in the week.

“It was pretty warm out there, but it was a good start to pre-season and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one [summer] so we’ll have to get used to that,” he said.

“The doctor had a chat to us, telling us to make sure we stayed hydrated and wore a hat and sunscreen.”

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