The Crows have refused to speculate on Reilly’s playing future.
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Adelaide defender Brent Reilly is breathing unaided and speaking to his family, according to Crows club doctor Andrew Potter.
The 31-year-old was struck in the head by a teammate’s knee in training yesterday and required a plate to be inserted into his skull to stabilise the injury.
According to Potter, Reilly suffered a compressed fracture which made surgery a necessity.
Reilly rested overnight in the intensive care unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
“His condition at the moment is as expected,” Potter told reporters at press conference.
“He is breathing spontaneously by himself. He is sedated which is normal standard procedure for this situation but he’s breathing by himself.”
Potter refused to put a time frame on Reilly’s return to football.
“I don’t think I can answer,” Potter said.
“It’s far too early … it’s less than 24 hours after the surgery.
“As always with any surgical intervention there are some things that occur that are a normal part of the recovery, and we really have to wait until all of that settles down and see how Brent is progressing over the next week or so or even longer before we answer that question.”