MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Patrick Cripps of the Blues looks on during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 02, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Gun Carlton midfielder Patrick Cripps suffered a minor jaw fracture against Melbourne on Sunday and is now in doubt for the Blues’ round three match against Essendon.

Cripps will be assessed during the week to find out the severity of his injury.

Melbourne midfielder Jordan Lewis struck Cripps in the head with his left hand during the third quarter, and was subsequently suspended on Monday for three matches, after medical reports from Carlton were used in the MRP’s final decision.

“Patrick had scans last night which confirmed a small hairline fracture in his jaw,” Carlton Head of Football McKay said.

“Given his jaw is stable and not displaced, we will assess him further over the coming days to determine whether he will be available to play this Sunday against the Bombers.”

The 22-year-old was one of Carlton’s best against the Demons, collecting 29 disposals and 10 clearances in the 22-point loss.