ADELAIDE will be without superstar Erin Phillips for a third straight week, but experienced defender Courtney Cramey could return for Sunday's NAB AFLW clash with Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.
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Ruck Rhiannon Metcalfe will also make her return from a torn ACL in the SANFLW when she turns out for Woodville West-Torrens this weekend.
Crows coach Matthew Clarke said Phillips was getting pretty close to returning to full training after tearing her ACL in last year's Grand Final against Carlton.
"She's progressing really well, but not fully cleared yet," Clarke said.
"It's just continuity, making sure she's done all the work and ticked every box from a medical point of view.
"They need to see that done, not just once, but a couple of times."
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Cramey has missed the opening two games of the season with a groin injury and will be put through her paces at training on Thursday night.
"She's got to get through training today, so we'll wait and see," Clarke said.
"If she trains fully and is able to complete the session, she's a legitimate chance."
Metcalfe – part of Adelaide's 2017 premiership – missed all of last season after tearing her ACL in a pre-season game.
"Rhi gets her chance, so we're really excited and looking forward to how she goes," Clarke said.
Clarke said forward Chloe Scheer was a "little but further away" with her ACL rehabilitation, while winger Deni Varnhagen was also at least a couple of weeks from returning.
The Crows (1-1) got out of jail with a comeback win over St Kilda last weekend, but are wary of a desperate Cats side chasing its first win of the season.
"They have some exciting young talent," Clarke said.
"I like the style of game they play and it's going to be a good challenge, especially on their home deck."