AFL Rd 2 - Carlton v Collingwood
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Patrick Cripps of the Blues is tackled by Brayden Sier of the Magpies during the 2021 AFL Round 02 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps has been ruled out of Carlton's clash with Collingwood on Sunday afternoon with soreness.

Cripps has battled a series of injuries throughout the season with a broken back, sore shoulder and now a foot/ankle injury nagging away at the Carlton star.

In the Blues win over Fremantle two weeks ago Cripps battled away after hurting his foot and was clearly impaired. So much so, he opted to kick on his left foot or handball when in possession of the ball for the remainder of that game.

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He played last week in the loss to the Cats but looked like a player who was carrying something as he failed to reach his lofty standards.

Cripps joins Will Setterfield (omitted) and Lachie Fogarty (managed) on the sidelines this week with Matt Cottrell, Zac Fisher and Liam Jones all returning to the side.

There were calls after the Geelong game for Cripps to be rested with Triple M

Former Tiger star Nathan Brown questioned whether Cripps should have played against Geelong last weekend.

"I don't understand at all why he is playing." Brown said

"For the betterment of the Carlton footy club, [Teague's] got to say 'I don't think you should be playing at all again this year'".

Carlton haven't replaced their best inside midfielder with a like-for-like player meaning it could be time for Liam Stocker to spend time in the midfield. A decision Carlton fans have bee clamouring after for months.

There was still no place in the 22 for Lochie O'Brien who was good in a VFL scratch match last week.

Victoria's lockdown means there will be no VFL this weekend further delaying the return to football of star forward Charlie Curnow who was due to play his first game in over two years.

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Cripps joins names like co-captain Sam Docherty, Marc Pittonet, Caleb Marchbank, Mitch McGovern, Michael Gibbons, Marc Murphy, Levi Casboult, Oscar McDonald and David Cuningham on a lengthy Carlton injury list.

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