HAWTHORN dasher Jarman Impey will make his AFL return against Carlton on Friday, barely a year after rupturing the ACL in his right knee.
Impey played scratch matches in each of the past three weeks in preparation for his comeback and is one of four Hawks returning from injury as they seek to end their four-match losing skid.
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All-Australian forward Luke Breust (fractured jaw), key forward Tim O'Brien (ankle) and ruckman Jon Ceglar (fractured toe) join Impey back in the team.
Mitch Lewis, Josh Morris, Darren Minchington and Keegan Brooksby make way.
The Blues swapped one big forward for another, with Harry McKay fit again after a knee setback but Mitch McGovern (hamstring) heading onto the sidelines.
Essendon has managed Conor McKenna and Shaun McKernan as it readies for a busy period ahead with a condensed fixture.
Friday's clash with Brisbane will be the first of four games the Bombers play in 17 days.
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They had already confirmed that big man Sam Draper would make his debut, with Dylan Shiel – back from suspension – Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, ex-Lion Tom Cutler and James Stewart recalled.
Mitch Hibberd (omitted), Jayden Laverde (ankle) and Kyle Langford (suspension) also go out.
Brisbane also made five changes, including bringing back defender Alex Witherden for just his second match of the season.
Sam Skinner will make his second game and first since round 19, 2017 as cover for injured ruckmen Stefan Martin and Archie Smith, while Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Connor Ballenden and Noah Answerth are also in.
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Ballenden will also be playing his first AFL match.
Apart from Smith, Dan McStay (suspension), Tom Berry (omitted) and hamstrung pair Ryan Lester and Daniel Rich are the other outs.
Friday, July 31
Carlton v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium, 3.40pm AWST (5.40pm AEST)
Out: M.McGovern (hamstring)
In: J.Impey, T.O'Brien, J.Ceglar, L.Breust
Out: D.Minchington (omitted), M.Lewis (omitted), K.Brooksby (omitted), J.Morris (omitted)
Essendon v Brisbane, Metricon Stadium, 8.10pm AEST
In: B.Zerk-Thatcher, T.Cutler, D.Shiel, S.Draper, J.Stewart
Out: M.Hibberd (omitted), K.Langford (suspension), J.Laverde (ankle), C.McKenna (managed), S.McKernan (managed)
New: Sam Draper
In: A.Witherden, S.Skinner, C.Ellis-Yolmen, C.Ballenden, N.Answerth
Out: T.Berry (omitted), D.McStay (suspension), D.Rich (hamstring), A.Smith (ankle), R.Lester (hamstring)
New: Connor Ballenden
Teams for the remaining round nine matches will be released at 6.20pm AEST the day before they kick off