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Adelaide's Douglas to miss six weeks

Richard Douglas of the Crows poses for a photo during the 2014 Adelaide Crows portrait session on February 18, 2014. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)(Editor's Note: A digital filter has been applied to this image)
Richard Douglas will miss at least the first four weeks of the season
ADELAIDE midfielder Richard Douglas will miss at least a month of the AFL season after having surgery on a bleeding groin.

Douglas was hospitalised after suffering a knock to the groin during Adelaide's practice match win against Greater Western Sydney last Friday.

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On return to Adelaide, he had surgery to stop persistent bleeding in the groin area, the Crows' football manager Phil Harper said on Monday.

"Medical advice on this points to a six-week recovery period," Harper said in a statement.

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"Richard will unfortunately miss the start of the season but as always, his health is our main priority. Importantly, he will make a full recovery."

Douglas, Adelaide's club champion in 2010 and runner-up in the award last year, joins forward Tom Lynch in missing the start of the looming season.

Lynch dislocated a shoulder against the Giants while utility Andy Otten is also in doubt for the Crows' March 20 season-opener in Geelong after jarring his reconstructed right knee against GWS.