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Blues skipper Cripps has been playing with back fracture – The Age

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps has been playing this season with a fracture in his back that has needed weekly injections to help him play, but has not left him…

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Sources said the fracture had continued to improve and had healed in recent weeks, with Cripps confident he was close to returning to his best form.
He has had statistically his leanest season since his first couple of years in the system, according to Champion Data, which observes he is trailing off in impact in the second half of games in particular.
Cripps numbers in the second half of games have dropped this year. In his most prolific season in 2016 he averaged 16 touches in the second half…

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