ESSENDON has confirmed Dylan Shiel will play his first game since injuring his knee in round two when he runs out against Greater Western Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

Shiel tore his meniscus early in the season but has fought all the way back to the seniors and is one of two inclusions to play the Giants, along with veteran David Zaharakis.

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The eighth-placed Bombers have omitted Alex Waterman and Matt Guelfi.

GWS has added some firepower for the must-win game, recalling Therabody AFL All-Australian Lachie Whitfield after he overcame concussion, while Shane Mumford and former top-10 draft pick Lachie Ash are also back in.

But former skipper Callan Ward has been managed.

Richmond has named Shane Edwards for its Grand Final rematch with Geelong at the MCG on Sunday.

Edwards has missed the past two matches with an ankle injury, but will replace Dustin Martin, who remains in hospital with a lacerated kidney.

The Cats have included dynamic forward Gary Rohan and reliable defender Lachie Henderson as they look to win and move into the top two.

In the first game on Sunday, Fremantle has recalled forward Matt Taberner for its clash against Sydney at Metricon Stadium, while the Swans have named Sam Reid for his first game since round six.

Friday, July 23

Port Adelaide v Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, 7.10pm AEST

In: X.Duursma, Z.Butters, C.Rozee
Out: J.Lienert (omitted), S.Mayes (omitted), M.Frederick (omitted), J.McEntee (omitted)

Last week's sub: McEntee (replaced Woodcock)

In: A.Tohill, J.Ginnivan, F.Macrae
Out: C.Mayne (ankle), W.Hoskin-Elliott (back), J.Thomas (concussion), C.Brown (shoulder)

New: Jack Ginnivan, Anton Tohill

Last week's sub: Poulter (replaced Thomas)

Saturday, July 24

Carlton v North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm AEST

In: P.Cripps
Out: H.McKay (toe), L.Fogarty (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Fogarty (unused)

In: B.Cunnington, J.Anderson
Out: R.Tarrant (adductor), J.Mahony (shoulder), C.Lazzaro (omitted)

Last week's sub: Bosenavulagi (replaced Mahony)  

Brisbane v Gold Coast at the Gabba, 3.10pm AEST

In: J.Berry, C.Ah Chee
Out: K.Coleman (omitted), J.Prior (omitted), T.Berry (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: T.Berry (unused) 

In: O.Markov
Out: B.Ellis (hamstring), N.Holman (abdomen)

Last week's sub: Atkins (replaced Ellis)

West Coast v St Kilda at Optus Stadium, 2.35pm AWST

In: J.Kennedy, J.Waterman, X.O'Neill, M.Hutchings
Out: B.Williams (omitted), L.Edwards (hamstring), J.Petruccelle (hamstring), L.Shuey (calf), J.Nelson (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Nelson (replaced Shuey) 

In: N.Coffield, P.Hunter, O.Clavarino
Out: R.Marshall (isolating), T.Highmore (hand), D.McKenzie (concussion), J.Bytel (omitted)

Last week's sub: Bytel (replaced McKenzie)

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at the MCG, 7.25pm AEST

In: J.Harmes
Out: A.vandenBerg (omitted), T.Sparrow (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Sparrow (unused) 

In: T.Liberatore, J.Schache, M.Hannan
Out: H.Crozier (omitted), L.McNeil (omitted), J.Dunkley (isolating), A.Scott (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Scott (unused)  

Adelaide v Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm AEST

In: T.Doedee, B.Frampton
Out: J.Rowe (managed), N.Murray (concussion), D.Mackay (omitted)

Last week's sub: Sholl (replaced Murray)  

In: B.Hardwick, J.Scrimshaw, C.Wingard
Out: E.Jeka (omitted), D.Greaves (omitted), S.Burgoyne (managed), J.Newcombe (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Newcombe (unused)

Sunday, July 25

Sydney v Fremantle at Metricon Stadium, 12.30pm AEST

In: S.Reid
Out: J.Amartey (omitted), D.Stephens (omitted)

Last week's sub: Ronke (unused) 

In: H.Young, M.Taberner, L.Meek
Out: S.Switkowski (hamstring), B.Acres (omitted), R.Lobb (ankle), E.Hughes (omitted)

Last week's sub: Walker (replaced Lobb)

Geelong v Richmond at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST

In: L.Henderson, G.Rohan
Out: Q.Narkle (omitted), B.Close (managed), M.Holmes (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Holmes (unused)

In: S.Edwards
Out: D.Martin (kidney), K.McIntosh (hamstring)

Last week's sub: Ross (replaced McIntosh) 

Essendon v Greater Western Sydney at Metricon Stadium, 6.10pm AEST

In: D.Zaharakis, N.Bryan, D.Shiel
Out: A.Waterman (omitted), M.Guelfi (omitted), M.Gleeson (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: Gleeson (unused)

In: L.Whitfield, S.Mumford, L.Ash
Out: J.Finlayson (omitted), M.Flynn (shoulder), C.Ward (managed), Z.Sproule (medi-sub)

New: James Peatling

Last week's sub: Sproule (replaced Kelly)