Rory Sloane of the Crows during the round 19 match against the Magpies.
Rory Sloane of the Crows during the round 19 match against the Magpies. JULIAN SMITH

Crows suffer blow with star midfielder hospitalised

ADELAIDE has suffered an untimely pre-finals blow, with Rory Sloane admitted to hospital.

The star Crow is now in doubt for his side's first final next week, with Sloane to undergo surgery to have his appendix removed.

The Crows released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying Sloane had reported "abdominal pain" when he arrived at the club earlier that morning.

The club said that after an "extensive investigation", Sloane had to undergo surgery immediately to have his appendix removed.

Despite the blow, Adelaide remains "hopeful" that the star midfielder will be available for its qualifying final against the GWS Giants at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday week.

It's not the first time an Adelaide player has been struck down by appendicitis this season, with Eddie Betts forced to miss the club's Round 19 clash. His appendix had burst beforehand, though.

Sloane is one of the Crows' biggest barometers - a title that he has justified throughout the club's brilliant 2017 campaign.

In a disappointing day for his side last Sunday, Sloane was colossal for Adelaide, finishing with 38 disposals as the Crows went down to West Coast by 29 points.

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