MELBOURNE will be without captain Max Gawn and vice-captain Jack Viney for its clash with North Melbourne on Sunday.

The Demons have decided to rest Gawn as he deals with a tear in his shoulder/upper back that has restricted him in recent games, while Viney will miss with concussion.

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Harley Bennell has been dropped for the second time this season, while Jay Lockhart (managed) and Alex Neal-Bullen (suspended) also go out of the side.

Tom McDonald and Mitch Hannan are among the five ins, but Simon Goodwin has opted against bringing in ruckman Braydon Preuss, which means NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Luke Jackson will shoulder the load against Todd Goldstein.

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The Roos lose Ben Brown to a knee injury, while Lachie Hosie and Will Walker have been omitted.

Sam Durdin is in for his first match of the year, along with Nick Larkey and Luke Davies-Uniacke.


West Coast midfielder Jack Redden returns for Sunday's clash against Carlton, but Jeremy McGovern will miss again.

Josh Rotham is also in with Harry Edwards (concussion) and Brayden Ainsworth (omitted) going out.

The Blues will be without injured forwards Harry McKay (knee) and David Cuningham (calf), while Callum Moore was dropped.

Matt Cottrell will make his debut, while Zac Fisher is back for his first game since round one.

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Sunday, August 9

West Coast v Carlton, Optus Stadium, 1.35pm AWST

In: J.Rotham, J.Redden
Out: H.Edwards (concussion), B.Ainsworth (omitted)

In: T.De Koning, Z.Fisher, M.Cottrell
Out: H.McKay (knee), D.Cuningham (calf), C.Moore (Omitted)
New: Matt Cottrell

Melbourne v North Melbourne, Adelaide Oval, 5.40pm ACST

In: T.Rivers, M.Hannan, T.McDonald, C.Spargo, K.Pickett
Out: H.Bennell (Omitted), A.Neal-Bullen (suspension), J.Viney (concussion), M.Gawn (managed), J.Lockhart (managed)

In: N.Larkey, L.Davies-Uniacke, S.Durdin
Out: B.Brown (knee), L.Hosie (omitted), W.Walker (omitted)