BRISBANE has been forced to make a massive eight changes for Sunday's clash against Essendon, with injury issues compounded by four players being sent into health and safety protocols.
While the Lions are decimated, the Western Bulldogs regain important ruckman Tim English, Richmond has named midfielder Dion Prestia and Sydney and Gold Coast have lost key players in Tom Hickey (illness) and Izak Rankine (health and safety protocols) respectively.
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The Lions will be without in-form defender Keidean Coleman, full-back Harris Andrews, tall forward Dan McStay and Callum Ah Chee for the clash against the Bombers, with the foursome joining injured guns Daniel Rich and Dayne Zorko on the sidelines.
Midfielder Jarrod Berry and young defender Jaxon Prior will also be unavailable as the Lions call on their depth in an extended 25-man squad for the Gabba clash.
The Bombers regain Andrew McGrath after he recovered from an adductor injury, while Alec Waterman has been named in the extended squad.
Peter Ladhams returns for Sydney to take on English and the Bulldogs at the SCG on Friday night, with Hickey unavailable. Joel Amartey has also been named for the Swans, while Jordon Sweet loses his spot for the Bulldogs.
Injured Collingwood star Darcy Moore has been replaced by returning defender Jeremy Howe for Saturday's clash against North Melbourne at the MCG.
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The Kangaroos have made five changes, with defender Aaron Hall (quad) joined on the sidelines by ruckman Tristan Xerri (shoulder).
The loss of Rankine is a significant blow for the Suns ahead of Saturday's clash against Richmond at Metricon Stadium, with defender and former Tiger Oleg Markov joining him in health and safety protocols.
The Suns have named Jack Lukosius for his first game since round eight after overcoming a knee injury.
The Tigers have lost Kane Lambert to injury, with young defender Josh Gibcus (illness) also joining star Dustin Martin (hamstring) and defender Nick Vlastuin (suspension) on the sidelines.
Fremantle has resisted the urge to bring defender Heath Chapman straight back after he recovered from a hamstring injury, naming an unchanged team to take on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
The Dockers have named key forward Matt Taberner, who experienced hamstring tightness against Port Adelaide last Sunday, with the Saints naming Darragh Joyce for his third game this season.
Port Adelaide has regained midfielder Zak Butters and Tom Clurey for Saturday night's clash against Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval, losing Trent McKenzie to illness and dropping forward Steven Motlop.
The Giants have lost defender Connor Idun to health and safety protocols among their three omissions.
Hawthorn has made five changes as part of its extended squad to take on Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, with Finn Maginness among the inclusions and Jack Gunston unavailable after the sad passing this week of his father Ray.
The Crows have named midfielder Matt Crouch on their extended bench after another commanding performance at SANFL level.
West Coast has named tall defender Harry Edwards to bolster its backline against Carlton on Sunday, with champion forward Josh Kennedy returning after a rest.
Mid-season recruit Jai Culley has been named on an extended bench for the clash at Optus Stadium, while the Blues regain gun defender Jacob Weitering.
Friday, July 8
Sydney v Western Bulldogs at the SCG, 7.50pm AEST
In: J.Amartey, P.Ladhams
Out: L.McDonald (omitted), R.Clarke (Medi-Sub), T.Hickey (illness)
Last week's sub: R.Clarke (unused)
In: E.Richards, T.English, M.Hannan
Out: T.O'Brien (omitted), J.Sweet (omitted), H.Crozier (omitted), R.McComb (omitted)
Last week's sub: R.Garcia (unused)
Saturday, July 9
Collingwood v North Melbourne at the MCG, 1.45pm AEST
Out: D.Moore (knee), I.Chugg (Medi-Sub)
Last week's sub: I.Chugg (unused)
In: B.Scott, J.Ziebell, A.Bonar, C.Coleman-Jones, F.Perez
Out: J.Mahony (omitted), A.Bosenavulagi (omitted), J.Walker (omitted), K.Turner (concussion), A.Hall (quad), T.Xerri (shoulder)
Last week's sub: P.Spicer (replaced A.Hall)
Gold Coast v Richmond at Metricon Stadium, 4.35pm AEST
In: J.Sharp, S.Day, J.Lukosius
Out: J.Tsitas (omitted), C.Budarick (knee), I.Rankine (HS Protocol), O.Markov (HS Protocol)
Last week's sub: B.Fiorini (unused)
In: B.Miller, J.Aarts, D.Prestia
Out: N.Vlastuin (suspension), J.Gibcus (illness), D.Martin (hamstring), K.Lambert (hip)
Last week's sub: K.Lambert (replaced D.Martin)
St Kilda v Fremantle at Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEST
Out: D.Howard (knee), H.Clark (nose)
Last week's sub: T.Highmore (replaced D.Howard)
Out: B.Banfield (Medi-Sub)
Last week's sub: B.Banfield (replaced M.Taberner)
Port Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval, 7.00pm ACST
In: Z.Butters, T.Clurey
Out: L.Jones (hamstring), T.McKenzie (illness), S.Motlop (omitted)
Last week's sub: S.Motlop (replaced L.Jones)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
In: L.Keeffe, J.Peatling
Out: C.Idun (HS Protocol), X.O'Halloran (omitted), Z.Sproule (Medi-Sub)
Last week's sub: Z.Sproule (unused)
Sunday, July 10
Brisbane v Essendon at the Gabba, 1.10pm AEST
In: M.Robinson, R.Lester, N.Cockatoo, T.Berry, J.Madden, T.Fullarton, D.Fort, H.Sharp, R.Mathieson, C.Michael, D.Robertson
Out: D.Rich (hamstring), D.Zorko (hamstring), J.Berry (hamstring), J.Prior (quad), C.Ah Chee (HS Protocol), D.McStay (HS Protocol), K.Coleman (HS Protocol), H.Andrews (HS Protocol)
Last week's sub: J.Prior (replaced D.Zorko)
In: A.McGrath, A.Waterman, B.Ham
Last week's sub: A.Phillips (unused)
Hawthorn v Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, 3.20pm AEST
In: D.Grainger-Barras, B.McEvoy, D.Howe, J.Ward, J.Serong, F.Maginness, J.Morris, K.Hartigan
Out: W.Day (suspension), L.Bramble (back), J.Worpel (shoulder), S.Butler (shin), J.Gunston (personal reason)
Last week's sub: L.Shiels (replaced J.Worpel)
In: N.McHenry, M.Crouch, E.Himmelberg, B.Davis, W.Hamill
Out: M.Hinge (HS Protocol), J.Rachele (hip)
Last week's sub: L.Sholl (unused)
West Coast v Carlton at Optus Stadium, 2.40pm AWST
In: H.Edwards, J.Kennedy, A.Witherden, L.Foley, G.Clark, J.Culley
Out: E.Yeo (hamstring), J.Rotham (omitted), C.West (Achilles)
Last week's sub: S.Petrevski-Seton (replaced E.Yeo)
In: J.Weitering, M.Owies, W.Hayes, S.Durdin
Out: B.Kemp (omitted)
Last week's sub: W.Setterfield (unused)