Charlie Curnow returns for must-win game against Suns


The Suns received a blow at selection with Lachie Weller forced to miss, however tough small forward Ben Ainsworth has recovered from a knee injury suffered in round one against St Kilda.

The Blues remain winless after three rounds so will be desperate to defeat the Suns, who have surprised everyone by winning two of their first three games this season.

St Kilda decided to give Jack Steven another week on the sidelines after Saints coach Alan Richardson indicated before training on Friday that the club wanted to make sure the 29-year-old was right before selecting him.

Steven played the first two games after taking a break during the pre-season to work on his mental health but the club is continuing to monitor his program on a week-by-week basis.

“It was a really good effort by Jack to get up for our first couple of weeks,” Richardson said.

“As we alluded to last week he was a little bit sore and wasn’t quite right.”

Richardson said it was just a matter of all parties deciding when he was right to go and Steven trained well this week.

The Saints included small forward Ben Long with Luke Dunstan dropped despite laying eight tackles last week against the Dockers.

Hawthorn recalled former skipper Jarryd Roughead at the expense of first gamer Dylan Moore. Moore was a late inclusion for Roughead in round three when the premiership Hawk missed due to a corked thigh.

Star midfielder Jaeger O’Meara was named despite battling hip soreness and it’s expected he will be monitored in the lead-up to the game to make sure he is right to play.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson moved to ease the pressure on recruit Tom Scully, who made a quicker than expected debut with the Hawks in round two after being out with injury for 12 months.

“When he actually gets to his peak and premium of his running capabilities, I’m not too certain – it may be that he never can. I don’t know, because of the severity of that ankle injury, whether he’ll ever have the capacity he had previously, but we’re excited to try and find out,” Clarkson said.

Meanwhile Richmond will be without Bachar Houli after he declared himself another week away from returning from a hamstring injury, with Connor Menadue coming in for the injury depleted Tigers, who play Port Adelaide on Saturday.


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