WHILE the lead-up to round one always feels like a rush to get every player fit, there's always plenty of big names who miss out.
Whether it's through injury or a suspension carrying over from the year before, it's rare that a club will be able to put out its best 22 in the opening week of the season.
But with plenty of time for some of those injuries to heal over the past few months, we're set to see most teams at full strength.
So, who's set for a return for your club?
Notable absentees: Kyle Hartigan, Elliott Himmelberg, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Myles Poholke
The Crows went into the shutdown period with a fit list, with Knight their only significant concern as he made his way back from an Achilles injury. He's not expected to be available for games in two weeks after suffering more heel issues. Adelaide's promotion of first-round pick Fischer McAsey in round one against Sydney saw key defender Hartigan miss selection, while Himmelberg was also named an emergency. Veteran Mackay, along with fellow midfield/forward option Poholke, were also on the fringe against the Swans. Key back Doedee will also be ready to go after having more time to recover from last year’s knee reconstruction. - Callum Twomey
Notable absentees: Callum Ah Chee, Connor Ballenden, Grant Birchall, Matt Eagles, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Mitch Hinge, Jack Payne, Archie Smith
Birchall was a late out with hamstring soreness and will come into the reckoning after returning from the lockdown break in good shape. Ah Chee pulled out of selection in the week of the opening match due to illness and will also be fighting for a position at half-back. With Marcus Adams (foot) likely to miss, Chris Fagan could turn to Eagles or Payne to deal with Fremantle's tall forwards. Smith or Ballenden will also come into the frame with Stefan Martin (knee) racing the clock. Ellis-Yolmen and Hinge will need training form to earn a spot. - Mitch Cleary
Notable absentees: Eddie Betts, Caleb Marchbank, Harry McKay, Charlie Curnow, Matthew Kennedy, Lochie O'Brien
Injuries that kept Betts (calf) and McKay (groin) out of round one are no longer an issue, which will provide the club's forward line with a much-needed boost. However, Curnow (knee) will likely miss the season and Marchbank (knee) is unlikely to recover in time for round two. First-round draft picks Kennedy and O'Brien weren't selected for round one, but could return depending on the fitness of Zac Fisher (syndesmosis) and Nic Newman (elbow). Recruit Marc Pittonet is the likely replacement for injured veteran Matthew Kreuzer (foot) in the ruck, with Tom De Koning (ankle) also on the injury list. - Riley Beveridge
Notable absentees: Adam Treloar, Travis Varcoe, Jaidyn Stephenson, Ben Reid, Tom Langdon, Levi Greenwood
Concern continues to linger around Treloar (hamstring/calf), who has endured a number of soft-tissue injuries throughout the first half of the year. He remains incredibly unlikely for the club's round two blockbuster with the Tigers. The club remains hopeful that Varcoe (shoulder) should be available for selection when the season recommences, though Langdon (knee) and Greenwood (knee) remain long-term prospects. Reid (ankle/hamstring) has had a setback in training and is unlikely to face the Tigers. Stephenson was an emergency for round one, but should be in a position to vie for a spot in the team after a summer plagued by glandular fever. - Riley Beveridge
Notable absentees: Patrick Ambrose, Joe Daniher, Martin Gleeson, Brayden Ham, Dyson Heppell, Cale Hooker, Shaun McKernan, Conor McKenna
Injury ruled out Ambrose (knee), Daniher (groin), Heppell (foot) and Hooker (hip) in round one while McKernan was ill. McKenna was left out after not quite being match-fit after returning from Ireland, while Gleeson and Ham were also emergencies. Ambrose and Hooker will play against the Swans in round two, while Heppell is touch-and-go as he returns from his persistent foot injury. McKenna finishes his mandatory two-week quarantine this weekend having again returned from his homeland, but the Bombers are keeping the door ajar to pick him. - Callum Twomey
Notable absentees: David Mundy, Nathan Wilson, Blake Acres, Jesse Hogan, Stephen Hill, Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce
The Dockers missed a host of stars in the narrow loss to the Bombers, but the troops are on the way back. Mundy (leg), Wilson (toe) and Acres (hamstring) are back in full training, while Hogan (mental health) is stepping up his match conditioning and will be on the flight to Queensland. Hamling and Pearce are still recovering from serious ankle injuries, but Hill could be another round two contender after overcoming his latest quad injury. - Chris Correia
Notable absentees: Jed Bews, Nakia Cockatoo, Lachie Fogarty, Jake Kolodjashnij, Josh Jenkins, Brandan Parfitt, Rhys Stanley, Jack Steven
Steven missed with hamstring soreness and returned to training this week as he recovers from a stab wound. Given his conditioning will be at least a fortnight behind teammates, he is unlikely to feature in the first handful of weeks. Kolodjashnij is back to full training after pre-season hip surgery, while Parfitt was overlooked after an interrupted build-up with a back complaint. Fogarty (knee) and Cockatoo (hamstring) remain some way away, while Stanley, Jenkins and Bews will need to rely on training form. - Mitch Cleary
Notable absentees: Charlie Ballard, Pearce Hanley, Jarrod Harbrow, Jack Hombsch, Anthony Miles, Izak Rankine, Alex Sexton, Rory Thompson, Peter Wright
The Suns will have a far stronger line-up in round two than they did in their first-up defeat to Port Adelaide. Leading goalkicker Sexton (hamstring), defensive pair Harbrow (groin) and Hanley (calf), key back Thompson (knee) and potential debutant Rankine (hamstring) are set to be all available after missing the start of the season through injury. Wright was one of the Suns' emergencies in round one, so will be keen to impress over the next two weeks of training before Gold Coast's clash with West Coast. - Callum Twomey
Notable absentees: Lachie Ash, Jackson Hately, Shane Mumford, Sam Reid, Tim Taranto, Callan Ward, Zac Williams
The major omission for the Giants in round one was Taranto, with last year's best and fairest still two months away from getting back after his shoulder reconstruction. But Ward should return after his year out with a knee injury to bolster a midfield already brimming with ball-winners, while gun defender Williams is also ready after missing round one with an Achilles issue. Youngsters Ash and Hately are banging down the door, while veterans Reid and Mumford loom as back-up options if the Giants' list stays fit. - Callum Twomey
Notable absentees: Blake Hardwick, Dan Howe, Jarman Impey, Mitch Lewis, Jack Scrimshaw
Hardwick looked likely to miss half of the season with his pectoral muscle tear but is instead firming to play in round two. There is a longer wait ahead for Impey (knee) and Howe (foot), who could be ready sometime in July. Lewis (ankle) is fit again after his pre-season mishap and will hope to join Jon Patton and Tim O'Brien in attack, or replace the latter. Scrimshaw was probably the unluckiest player to miss out in round one and should be around the mark but may need to bide his time. - Marc McGowan
Notable absentees: Harley Bennell, Luke Jackson, Nathan Jones, Christian Salem, Aaron vandenBerg, Sam Weideman
Bennell seems to be on top of his calf problems and is making a late surge for senior selection in round two. The former Docker and Sun is a prodigious talent but last played at AFL level in round 23, 2017. No.3 draft pick Jackson and Weideman were both emergencies for the season opener and likely need to overtake fellow tall forward Mitch Brown to play. Jones (Achilles) and Salem (glandular fever) are certain inclusions, while vandenBerg (foot) is getting close to a return after a horror run. - Marc McGowan
Notable absentees: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Majak Daw, Taylor Garner, Ben Jacobs, Kayne Turner, Ed Vickers-Willis
Daw's long-awaited return was put on hold when he was a late withdrawal – replaced by Tom Murphy – in round one with illness. He is looking to play his first senior game since round 23, 2018. Davies-Uniacke (groin) is back running and doing some change-of-direction work. Turner (toe) is nearing a return but won't be ready for round two. Garner was a round one emergency and a high-grade hamstring strain this week has placed his season in jeopardy, while Vickers-Willis was over his knee problem but turf toe will keep him out for the next month. There is no update on Jacobs (concussion). Tristan Xerri would be in the mix if Nick Larkey (foot) is ruled out. - Marc McGowan
Notable absentees: Ollie Wines, Riley Bonner, Charlie Dixon, Jack Watts, Peter Ladhams
They were arguably the most impressive side from round one, despite missing some key talent. Now, they'll be bolstered further by some big inclusions for round two. Wines (shoulder) should return for the Showdown, having benefited from the suspension of play after it was initially expected that he'd miss the first six weeks of the season. Dixon (adductor) and Watts (quad) are on track in their recoveries, while Bonner (quad) will also be fully fit after he was a late withdrawn from round one. Ladhams missed out on selection in the ruck to Scott Lycett, despite a strong finish to last season. However, the youngster is likely to continue to vie for a place in the side upon the resumption of play. - Riley Beveridge
Notable absentees: Bachar Houli, Jack Ross, Kamdyn McIntosh, Callum Coleman-Jones, Ryan Garthwaite
A calf injury kept Houli out of round one and the two-time premiership star seems unlikely to play in round two either. He was restricted to light duties during the week as the club returned to contact training for the first time. The dashing defender was the only member of last year's premiership 22 still at the club who didn't play in round one so emergencies Ross, McIntosh, Coleman-Jones and Garthwaite will continue to wait for their opportunity. - Ben Sutton
Notable absentees: Josh Battle, Jake Carlisle, Nick Coffield, Shane Savage, Jack Sinclair, Jimmy Webster
Carlisle is in full training after missing the loss to North Melbourne with a back spasm. However, he may be no certainty, should the Saints again select Dougal Howard, Callum Wilkie and Dylan Roberton in defence. Battle, a round one emergency, falls into the same selection conversation. Coffield, who impressed on the training track Wednesday, Webster and Savage are likely fighting for one spot with Ben Paton who did little wrong against the Roos. Given the additional depth between midfield and small forward roles, Sinclair will need to bang down the door with training form. - Mitch Cleary
Notable absentees: Will Gould, Lance Franklin, Lewis Melican, Sam Reid, Dylan Stephens
The Swans received terrible news this week, when scans confirmed Franklin suffered a significant right hamstring injury that could sideline him for the best part of three months. Injury-prone swingman Reid also sustained a calf injury after undergoing a knee operation in the shutdown period. Melican (hamstring) was almost ready for round one and will push for one of Sydney's key defensive spots. Top draftees Stephens and Gould were around the mark for the season opener and could force their way in for round two. - Marc McGowan
Notable absentees: Oscar Allen, Jarrod Cameron, Tom Cole, Mark Hutchings, Will Schofield, Nathan Vardy, Jake Waterman, Bailey Williams
Hutchings will be sidelined from full running for the next 3-4 weeks after the Eagles decided to operate on a knee complaint that had been hampering his training. Allen is back to full training and impressed on Friday. Like Williams and Vardy, he'll be eyeing Tom Hickey's role as the pinch-hit ruckman behind Nic Naitanui. Cole (broken thumb) has recovered, but Jarrod Cameron (pubic bone) remains a while off as he builds his fitness base. Waterman and Schofield, should he decide to enter the hub, will need to rely on an injury or training form.
Notable absentees: Tom Liberatore, Patrick Lipinski, Tory Dickson, Lin Jong, Will Hayes
Liberatore's knee has given him a fair bit of trouble, but he's ticked all the boxes since the Bulldogs have returned to training and is set to go. Lipinski missed round one with a concussion but he's back, while Dickson (adductor) should be considered after the Bulldogs failed to hit the scoreboard against the Pies. Hayes has served his suspension and will battle Jong (hamstring) for a spot on the wing. - Jourdan Canil