Carlton defender Harrison Macreadie will play his first game since round 18 2017 as the Blues dug deep into their defensive stocks for Sunday’s clash against Greater Western Sydney.
The 21-year-old has been on the verge of selection in recent weeks but injuries to Lachlan Plowman and Tom Williamson paved the way for his re-introduction with Nic Newman also recalled after missing the past two games with injury.
The Blues will play a fired up Giants, who are on the rebound after their shock loss to Hawthorn last Sunday, that have been bolstered through the inclusion of Shane Mumford, Lachie Whitfield, Harry Perryman and veteran Brett Deledio, who plays his first match since round two.
They lost classy midfielder Stephen Coniglio with a finger injury and Zac Langdon who hurt his foot while Matt Buntine and Dawson Simpson were dropped.
Richmond regained Nick Vlastuin and gave Ivan Soldo the first crack at the ruck position left vacant through injury to premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis. Tough midfielder Jack Ross is also sidelined with a high ankle strain.
Hawthorn will take an unchanged line up into the match against the Tigers.
Meanwhile Geelong made a late change to their team ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs with Tom Atkins withdrawing from the team after he failed to overcome a hip injury suffered last Sunday.
Midfielder Charlie Constable was included to replace Atkins with the young Cat unlucky to be out of the side in the first place. The Western Bulldogs are unchanged.