Adelaide new recruit Curtly Hampton is set to miss the next two months after scans revealed a stress reaction in his foot.
Hampton has had a limited pre-season as he struggles to overcome injury and will now miss a large chunk of the AFL season, which begins next week with the Crows taking on North Melbourne.
"It’s disappointing for both Curtly and the club but fortunately it has been picked up early," general manager of high performance Brett Burton said.
"Curtly will not require surgery but will wear a moonboot for the next couple of weeks as he begins his rehabilitation."
Hampton made the switch from the Giants during the off-season for a second round pick, but has endured a frustrating pre-season since arriving.
However, in much better news for Crows fans, Hampton is set to be the only unavailable player for Round 1 selection with a number of key players, including small forward Charlie Cameron and utilities Andy Otten and Ricky Henderson, making themselves fit for the trip to Melbourne to take on the Kangaroos.