Peel Thunder have lost first-year Fremantle midfielder Matt Johnson and reigning fairest-and-best Tyrone Thorne to illness for their must-win clash against Swan Districts in Mandurah on Sunday.
In a thrilling finish to the season, the Thunder and Swans will play in the final game of the home-and-away season, with the winner to sneak into the finals in fifth.
The Thunder have named 14 Dockers for the game and could add Bailey Banfield should he be released if he plays limited or no game time as the medical sub for Fremantle’s elimination final over the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Johnson is out after a solid game against the Eagles with 17 touches and a goal, while Thorne has played just five games this season after breaking his wrist in round one.
Banfield and spearhead Jye Amiss have come out of the team that thrashed West Coast by 73 points last weekend because of AFL duties, while uncontracted Dockers speedster Joel Western has been dropped.
Fremantle spearhead Matt Taberner will make his comeback from a calf injury in the clash and while on limited minutes, it’s not expected to significantly affect rotations.
Goalsneak Guy Barnes, who burst onto the scene with nine goals in his first three games, has been recalled for the first time since round 14, while Fremantle-listed midfielder Connor Blakely is back after missing their last game because of illness.
Fremantle rookie Karl Worner has also earned a recall, while Western and mid-season draftee Sebit Kuek have been named as emergencies.
Swan Districts have been forced to make two changes, with former Docker Tobe Watson unavailable after he was concussed in their upset win over West Perth last weekend.
Luckless defender Jackson Beck has injured his hamstring and also comes out, with Cian Ehlers and Jehb O’Donohue coming into the team to boost the Swans’ backline.