Carlton will be boosted by the return of Chris Judd and Jarrad Waite as they seek to turn their winless AFL season around on Sunday against the Western Bulldogs.
Dual Brownlow medallist Judd has recovered from pre-season achilles surgery and, provided he makes it through training on Saturday, will join Waite and Tom Bell as inclusions to the side that was beaten by Melbourne last weekend.
Nick Graham was dropped, while Michael Jamison (leg) and Troy Menzel (hamstring) were the enforced omissions as Blues coach Mick Malthouse finalised his team on Friday.
Marcus Bontempelli will make his AFL debut for the Bulldogs, while Michael Talia and Luke Dahlhaus are back at the expense of Dale Morris (suspended), Lachie Hunter (omitted) and Jason Tutt (omitted).
Tom Boyd, the No.1 pick from last year’s draft, will also debut on Sunday when Greater Western Sydney tackle the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
The Giants settled on three changes, with Boyd, Devon Smith and Zac Williams promoted.
Jacob Townsend and Liam Sumner were both dropped, while GWS will sorely miss the experience of hamstrung Heath Shaw.
Fit-again forward Tom Lynch is back for the Crows and will play his first match of the year after injuring his shoulder in the side’s final pre-season match against GWS.
Brodie Martin was dumped after the Crows posted their first victory of the year in fine fashion, crushing St Kilda by 86 points.
Melbourne and Gold Coast both made one change for their Sunday clash at the MCG.
Suns goalsneak Brandon Matera is back after serving a one-match suspension, with Clay Cameron out due to a shoulder injury.
Melbourne’s Dean Kent (calf) has been replaced by Neville Jetta, promoted off the rookie list this week following Jack Trengove’s season-ending foot injury.