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Dangerfield and Tippett fit for Crows

16/04/2010 03:24:51 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide duo Patrick Dangerfield and Kurt Tippett have been cleared of injury and will play against Carlton on Saturday.

The key Crows suffered injuries last weekend but proved their fitness at training on Friday to front the Blues at AAMI Stadium.

Dangerfield spent two nights in a hospital after injuring his neck and Tippett hurt his left ankle in Adelaide's loss to Melbourne last Sunday.

"Both Tippett and Dangerfield at this stage are going to play, unless something happens between now and tomorrow," Crows coach Neil Craig said on Friday.

"Patrick feels really well - no soreness, no stiffness, no headaches. He has run the last three days and trained this morning and did some competitive work out there.

"He's been cleared medically so he's confident to play."

Craig confirmed 19-year-old Phil Davis will become the fourth Crow in four matches to make his AFL debut, replacing injured centre-half back Nathan Bock (hamstring).

Defensive dasher Graham Johncock also returns for a Crows side seeking their first victory of the season against the Blues, who have dumped senior duo Bret Thornton and Jarrad Waite, whose comeback from a knee reconstruction has stalled.

"We thought Bret's form had been below par for a player of his ability and what he had produced over the years, so he has gone back to get a little bit of form at the VFL level," Carlton coach Brett Ratten said on Friday.

"With Jarrad, it was more that maybe our expectations were a fraction high.

"His timing and things like that, he just went under a few high balls and he was just out a little bit, so we thought it would be good for him to go back as well and get the ball in his hands, take a few marks and get that timing back.

"Both players are very important to us and the quicker we can get them into form, the more that it will help us."

The 10th-placed Blues, with one win from three starts, welcomed back skipper Chris Judd from suspension and utility Jeff Garlett for their first games this season, and have also named Simon White for his AFL debut.

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