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AFL Rd 16 Injury Wrap – How long is Patrick Cripps out?

Carlton have lost star young midfielder Patrick Cripps for the rest of the season after a freak knock during a smother resulted in him breaking his leg.

Cripps lent across to smother Melbourne’s Jayden Hunt in Sunday’s clash at the MCG, but Hunt’s foot connected with the back of his leg. Scans on Monday confirmed Cripps has a fractured fibula, an injury which will end his season.

The Blues may also lose veteran defender Simon White after he copped a knock to the knee, which he will have further scans on earlier this week,

Carton don’t believe the injury is to his anterior cruciate ligament, but even a less serious injury could see him out for 4-6 weeks.

Fremantle also had a bad week on the injury front as well, with Tom Sheridan injuring his hamstring in the win over North Melbourne,

Sheridan is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, while queries remain over Joel Hamling and Brady Grey. Hamling injured his hip and spent substantial periods on the bench, while Grey has a shoulder injury which has him in doubt for this week’s Western Derby,

GWS defender Nick Haynes suffered a knock to his knee in the draw against Hawthorn and while he managed to limp his way through the game is in some doubt for Saturday’s Harbour City battle against Sydney,

Teammate Josh Kelly also picked up a kick to the ankle in the match as well, but is expected to be fine.

Brisbane forward Josh Walker is expected to miss Sunday’s clash with Richmond at Etihad Stadium after a injuring his calf in the loss against Geelong.

The Tigers will assess Dylan Grimes for concussion signs after he was collected by Tim Membrey is Saturday night’s loss to St Kilda.

Another player who copped an elbow was Zach Merrett, but he returned to the game against Collingwood and should be okay for Friday’s game against St Kilda.

The Saints may be without Billy Longer for that game after he received a corked thigh. The ruckman will be monitored during the week.

Sydney captain Josh Kennedy (quad) and Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe (calf) were both late withdrawals and will be tested during the week, while the Crows are confident Rory Sloane will be fine to travel to Darwin to play Melbourne despite ending the game against the Bulldogs with ice wrapped around his right calf.

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