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Adelaide captain Rory Sloane will reportedly miss the rest of the AFL season after he suffered an injury in which he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. During the final quarter of the Crows' 19-point win versus Richmond on Saturday night, Sloane was hurt and had to be assisted off the field by medical team before being substituted out of the game.

As per reports, the 32-year-old midfielder will have reconstructive surgery in the coming week, a significant blow for Adelaide as they chase a surprise final berth. However, despite his grave injury, Sloane is optimistic about his return and believes that he is highly inspired by his sister and will make a strong comeback in the game.

"Getting a knee surgery at 32 is not ideal, but its going to be a great challenging time for me. I am hopeful that ill come back fitter and healthier", said Sloane.

Sloane played only a dozen games in 2020 and 18 last year amid a string of problems, including a foot injury and a detached retina. According to reports, the skipper is taking a lot of inspiration from her sister, who also went through the same situation and bounced back stronger.

"I've seen my sister Shae go through the same very closely. And she is going to be my source of inspiration during these tough times", he added.

Her positive attitude during tough times and diligent approach to her rehabilitation is something I am looking forward to adapting," he was quoted in several reports.

Sloane's injury took some of the gloss off a polished Adelaide performance, in which they triumphed 15.11 (101) to 12.10 (82) to clinch a second win of the season. They will face the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat in round six.