Adelaide Crows coach Matthew Clarke unsure of Erin Phillips’ return date

Adelaide’s AFLW team begin their quest for back-to-back flags on Saturday against Brisbane with both their co-captains – Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall – sidelined.

Phillips, recovering from a knee reconstruction, won’t play in the season opener but is on the cusp of a return, but Randall will miss the whole season after also having a knee reconstruction last November.

Erin Phillips.Credit:AAP

Phillips, a dual winner of the AFLW’s best-and-fairest award, has earmarked round two as a possible return, but coach Clarke isn’t so certain.

“We need to be mindful and realistic that as much as she wants to get back really quickly, as much as we want her back really quickly, it’s ultimately going to be a medical decision,” Clarke told reporters on Thursday.


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