Uncertainty continues on Cripps, Hinge in the mix, Greene declared in, Sheldrick hurt
Carlton are yet to declare Patrick Cripps available as he continues to tick boxes in his hamstring recovery, while Mitch Hinge is in the mix to return and Toby Greene is confirmed to play after suspension.
There’s still no certainty on the availability of Patrick Cripps (AF $803k SC $525k MID) for Round 6 due to his hamstring injury.
Carlton assistant coach Ash Hansen said: “He’s gotta get through training this week. He’ll still be a test.” Hansen was asked about not risking him given the flight to WA to face Fremantle and replied: “We’re on a charter. There will be time and space for him to move around and stretch his legs.”
Cripps previously told ABC Radio: “It is going alright… I am confident for next week but if you talk to the physios I have a few little milestones to tick off before I play.”
Mitch Hinge (AF $440k SC $266k DEF) looks set to be available after missing last round with a hip injury. Adelaide High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said: “Mitch had a test on Friday morning and didn’t quite make it, we didn’t want to take any risks with him, we expect him to fully train on Wednesday and be available this weekend.”
Toby Greene (AF $711k SC $495k FWD) will return from suspension this week, which may have some Draft relevance. GWS coach Leon Cameron told AFL360: “He’ll come in. The hard thing he hasn’t had any footy but we rate him so highly that we think over the next few weeks he’ll get going.”
Isaac Heeney (AF $800k SC $539k FWD) has won praise for his good form from Sydney coach John Longmire, citing his good injury run as a contributing factor. Longmire said: “He had a good pre-season this year. So far, touch wood, his body has been feeling good for him. That’s a real key for him.”
Sydney youngster Angus Sheldrick (AF $255k SC $130k MID) has picked up a knee injury in the VFL and set to see a surgeon, meaning a layoff.