ADELAIDE defender Brodie Smith is making strong progress in his recovery from a torn ACL as he aims to return before the end of the season.

Smith moved well during Wednesday's training session at Adelaide Oval when he was involved in the majority of the drills, but he's yet to resume full training.

The 26-year-old was able to change direction off his right knee – the knee he injured in last season's qualifying final against Greater Western Sydney almost eight months ago.

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The Crows haven't put a timeline on Smith's return as the recovery period for knee reconstructions is different for each individual.

Some players can return after nine months, while others can take up to a year before they are ready to resume playing.

For example, Port Adelaide key defender Dougal Howard returned to the SANFL in less than 10 months after tearing his ACL in 2016.

Smith has worked diligently in his rehab, travelling to the US in February to train in Philadelphia with world-renowned rehabilitation specialist Bill Knowles.

 "The surgeons look at it as a 12-month injury, so I'm trying to fast-track that as much as I can," Smith told in February.

"I've always been one that if you set me a time I'm out there to beat it.

"Everything is on track, so fingers crossed you'll see me out there at the end of the year."

Smith has played 143 games for the Crows since being selected with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NAB AFL Draft.

In February, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Crows until the end of 2021.