CARLTON has suffered a brutal blow on the eve of its must-win clash against fierce rivals Collingwood, with star co-captain Patrick Cripps ruled out due to injury.
Cripps has been battling foot soreness since the side’s victory over Fremantle a fortnight ago and is among three Blues omissions for Sunday’s clash against the Magpies, with Lachie Fogarty managed and Will Setterfield dropped.
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Key defender Liam Jones comes back into the team alongside Zac Fisher, with injured Collingwood youngster Will Kelly replaced in the Magpies’ team by last week’s medical substitute Trey Ruscoe.
Essendon will have captain Dyson Heppell back from injury for Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne, while the Bombers will also hand a debut to NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft pick Sam Durham.
He is one of three mid-season recruits to be given their first call-ups for new sides this weekend, with Richmond blooding Matthew Parker and West Coast selecting young midfielder Connor West.
The Kangaroos made just one change with Charlie Lazarro replacing Ben Cunnington, who has remained in Melbourne with his family.
The Eagles will give West his opportunity against an Adelaide outfit that has made six changes, with Lachie Sholl, Billy Frampton, Luke Pedlar and Ben Davis all dropped and with Tom Doedee injured and Riley Thilthorpe managed.
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