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Crows set to pull lever on defensive boost

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Jake Lever of the Crows breaks away from Jobe Watson of the Bombers during the 2017 AFL round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers at the Adelaide Oval on April 15, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
Jake Lever is available to take on the Lions

LADDER leader Adelaide is set to regain defender Jake Lever for Saturday night's match with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba as it aims to end a two-game losing skid. 

The Crows won six straight games to start the season before back-to-back losses to North Melbourne and Melbourne in the past fortnight halted their momentum. 

Lever missed the 41-point defeat to the Demons with hamstring tightness, but has been cleared to return. 

"He will train with the group on Wednesday and be available on the weekend," Crows general manager of high performance Matt Hass told

Lever would most likely return straight to the senior side, but there is an outside possibility he plays in the SANFL. 

Half-forwards Riley Knight (corked glute) and Troy Menzel (corked quad) will need to pass fitness tests this week. 

"Troy received a really heavy cork to the quad," Hass said.

"He'll be assessed day by day and be a test later on in the week. 

"Riley continues to be quite sore and was quite sore through last week. 

"We've got him up and running early in this week. 

"He needs to build on that and get a main session in later this week." 

Defender Kyle Cheney will make his return from a hamstring injury in the SANFL this weekend. 

Forward Mitch McGovern is another four to six weeks away from making his return from a hamstring tendon injury. 

"Mitch has begun running and some football skills," Hass said. 

"He'll be re-introduced to some skills with the group in the coming weeks and we expect him to be available mid-season."