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Mitch McGovern will do everything he can to play on Saturday

ADELAIDE forward Mitch McGovern needs to pass Wednesday's main training session with flying colours before he's cleared for Saturday's Grand Final against Richmond at the MCG.

Wednesday's open session at Adelaide Oval will be 10 days since McGovern injured his hamstring.

"He will have to do absolutely everything at training and just be confident it's going to be absolutely cherry ripe to play," Crows vice-captain Rory Sloane told reporters on Tuesday.

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"He's been running at the start of this week and that's all we can ask of him for the moment.

"There's not much more extra treatment we can do, just let it rest.

"He's got nothing to lose.

"He either gets up and plays or he doesn't, so we'll give him every chance, and I'm positive we'll see him train tomorrow."

Sloane said he pulled up well after his strong collision with Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield in last Friday night's preliminary final.

"It's like running into a brick wall," Sloane said.

"He's a very thick, strong man, so I'm just glad I came away unscathed."

Dangerfield congratulated his former teammate immediately after the game as the Crows qualified for their first Grand Final since 1998.

"I'll keep that (what was said) between myself, but he's very gracious in defeat, Paddy, and he's a close mate of mine and I was definitely feeling for him after the game," Sloane said.


The Match Review Panel cleared Sloane and Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin of their respective incidents, allowing them to take their place in the biggest game of the season.

"I wasn't worried at all," Sloane said.

"I only started to hear about it on Sunday morning when a bit of media started talking about.

"I think they made the right decision with absolutely everyone.

"That's what you want, all the stars and Trent was the same, he was going hard at the ball."