AFL premiership contenders Geelong have named superstar Patrick Dangerfield for his first game in six weeks.
The Brownlow medallist is back for the Cats’ Saturday night home game against lowly North Melbourne after battling a niggling calf injury.
Dangerfield will be joined back in the line-up by forward Gary Rohan, who was a late withdrawal against Richmond last week.
Geelong have opted to rest captain Joel Selwood for the second time this season, adding to the stars outs alongside suspended defender Tom Stewart.
North lose Tarryn Thomas (personal reasons) after he struggled through last week’s defeat against Adelaide following a family tragedy.
St Kilda have swung the axe after three-straight defeats, dropping five players for a crunch Friday night clash with in-form Carlton at Marvel Stadium.
But in a boost for the Saints, key players Bradley Hill, Paddy Ryder and Jack Higgins, as well as the versatile Mason Wood return.
The Blues have decided to give star fullback Jacob Weitering another week to recover from shoulder surgery, but Carlton welcome back midfielder Adam Cerra (hamstring).
Under-fire Essendon will receive a timely boost ahead of a difficult match against the Sydney Swans with ace midfielder Darcy Parish over his calf troubles.
The Swans have dropped Ryan Clarke despite an impressive effort against St Kilda, bringing speedster Justin McInerney back in.
Gold Coast will unleash mature-aged recruit James Tsitas in their mammoth clash with Collingwood at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old was plucked out of the VFL in February and the hardworking midfield-forward gets his opportunity as the Suns seek to keep their finals hopes alive.
As confirmed by Magpies coach Craig McRae on Thursday, Jordan De Goey has been included after returning to the club following the fallout from his ill-fated trip to Bali.
West Coast’s stocks continue to be replenished after a horror season, with ruckman Nic Naitanui to play for the first time in three months when the Eagles take on Richmond at the MCG on Sunday.
But veteran Josh Kennedy (managed) won’t be on West Coast’s flight out of Perth after starring in the breakthrough win against Essendon last week.
GWS have included ruckman Matt Flynn after recovering from a quad injury, with the Giants opting to leave fellow big man Braydon Preuss out despite completing his one-game suspension.