West Coast will welcome back veteran forward Josh Kennedy to face his former side Carlton, while the Blues will also be bolstered by the return of a star defender.
Kennedy, who requires just two majors to reach 700 goals for the Eagles, was rested for the club’s 35-point loss to Richmond with coach Adam Simpson on Thursday declaring the club’s all-time leading goal-kicker has “a few games left in him, but not many”.
“He needed a week off (against the Tigers) and that might not be the last time,” Simpson said of the 34-year-old.
“It’s getting hard for the big dog. We’ll look after him the best we can. He’s doing everything he can to get right and finish the year off his way.”
Jacob Weitering has been named as one of four inclusions for the visitors ahead of the Sunday afternoon clash at Optus Stadium, with the former number one pick returning from a five-week lay-off with a shoulder injury.
Midfielder Connor West (Achilles) is one of two forced changes for the Eagles, with utility Elliot Yeo already ruled out, while defender Josh Rotham has been dropped.
Yeo, who suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter against Richmond, will be replaced in the 22 by tall defender Harry Edwards.
The 21-year-old, who stands at 200cm, has been brought in to help combat Carlton tall towers Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay, with Yeo’s absence compounding the injury to All-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern.
McGovern was spotted on the training track on Thursday for the first time since being hospitalised with broken ribs following a collision with Geelong spearhead Jeremy Cameron in round 14.
The 30-year-old, who Simpson said was “still sore and stiff”, walked laps as his teammates trained but appeared in good spirits ahead of a meeting with his surgeon next week to determine if he will play again in 2022.
West Coast have named eight players on an extended interchange bench with Samo Petrevski-Seton, Jack Petruccelle, Zane Trew and Bailey Williams joined by Alex Witherden, Luke Foley, Greg Clark and Jai Culley.
Matt Owies, Sam Durdin and Will Hayes are the other inclusions for the Blues, who have also named an extended squad of 26, which will be cut to 22 on Friday.