Cripps’ shoulder reconstruction complete, expected to be ready for 2021

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps will spend four months of his off-season in rehabilitation mode and building up to full training capacity after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction last week.

It is expected that Cripps will still be able to pack in a full pre-season of running before season 2021 begins club sources said, in what shapes as an important year for the Blues.

Cripps faces a four-month rehabilitation period before he is back in full training. Credit:Getty Images

Cripps' surgery last week went as planned, the star midfielder having had "three instability episodes" with his shoulder during 2020.

Despite that, Cripps played every game in 2020. The third "instability episode" came in the final-round loss to Brisbane.

"Patrick had an instability episode with his shoulder [on Saturday night] and what that basically means is that the shoulder slips out of the joint and goes back into the joint again," Carlton's director of high performance Andrew Russell said last week, ahead of the surgery.

"It is quite common: it happens to a lot of players and players can play a whole season having these instability episodes.

"He has had three minor instability episodes throughout the course of the season, every time he has recovered 100 per cent. His strength has been 100 per cent going into the next game."

"He will likely have 4-6 weeks of no running: he'll get back, he'll have a really good running preparation and we expect him to have a full pre-season on the track and be available for round one."

The Blues delisted four players last week, including father-son Ben Silvagni. Hugh Goddard, Darcy Lang and Finbar O'Dwyer were also let go.

Veteran small forward Eddie Betts has been offered a one-year deal to play on in 2021, while they are expected to secure GWS' Zac Williams as a free agent.

Kade Simpson retired following a 342-game career, with the Blues missing the finals in am improved 2020 season.

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