Carlton’s Patrick Cripps will miss the remainder of the season after scans on Monday confirmed a fractured fibula.
The 22-year-old was sidelined in the second quarter of the Blues’ clash with Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, and took no further part in the game.
“Unfortunately, scans have revealed a fractured left fibula, but the good news from a medical perspective is Patrick won’t require surgery,” Carlton head of football Andrew McKay said.
“It would usually be approximately a six-week injury which, given the timing, takes us through to the end of the season.
"It’s obviously very disappointing for both Patrick and the Club, but he will make a full recovery well before the start of the 2018 pre-season campaign."
The East Fremantle junior played 15 games this season, averaging almost 25 disposals per match.