Former AFL footballer Liam Jurrah has again failed to appear in an Adelaide court to face drink-driving charges.

His lawyer told the Elizabeth Magistrates Court that Jurrah was in police custody in Alice Springs on unrelated assault charges.

The court heard Jurrah was likely to return to Adelaide if he is granted bail in the Northern Territory.

The matter will return to court next week.

Jurrah was also absent for a hearing on a separate aggravated assault charge at the Elizabeth court on Thursday.