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AFL 2017 Round 03 - Richmond v West Coast

Jamie Cripps has been recalled for West Coast’s battle with the Bombers on Sunday

High-intensity forward Jamie Cripps has been recalled for West Coast’s battle with the Bombers at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Cripps will suit up for the round nine clash despite missing West Coast’s previous three matches due to a serious ankle injury.

Eagles medical staff originally thought Cripps might spend up to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering a syndesmosis injury during the club’s round five loss to Hawthorn.

But the resolute 25-year-old bounced back faster than expected and resumed main training just one week after limping off the MCG.

Cripps comes into the side at the expense of Josh Hill, who was omitted from the starting 22.

Hill has been listed as an emergency for the clash, along with veteran ruckman Drew Petrie and live-wire defender Jackson Nelson.

The crafty goal sneak joined his teammates on the flight to Melbourne today, while Petrie and Nelson are expected to suit up for East Perth at Fremantle Oval tomorrow afternoon.

Petrie has not taken the field since breaking his left hand during the club’s round one win over North Melbourne and Nelson has been on the sidelines for three weeks after fracturing his wrist on the same day Cripps suffered his lower limb injury.