Cripps will miss the start of the season

West Coast striker Jamie Cripps will miss the start of the 2022 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

West Coast Premier striker Jamie Cripps will miss the start of the AFL season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

The club confirmed on Monday that Cripps will miss “early rounds” of 2022 but did not reveal the full extent of the damage.

Such injuries have been known to sideline players for up to three months.

Cripps, who has played 199 AFL games, suffered the injury trying to tackle a team-mate during a training drill last Friday.

The 29-year-old’s forced stint on the sidelines is another blow for the Eagles ahead of their season opener at home to Gold Coast on March 20.

Captain Luke Shuey is still recovering from another hamstring setback and a cloud hangs over the availability of key forward Jack Darling.

Darling has not met the league’s COVID-19 vaccination policy and has not been able to train with the Eagles since Jan. 21.

Meanwhile, young star Oscar Allen’s workload is still being managed after missing Monday’s training session.

The 22-year-old also missed sessions last week and didn’t take part in the match simulation.

There is better news for defender Liam Duggan, who is recovering well after knee surgery.

(C) AAP 2022

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