Magpies’ AFL defence takes another hit
Collingwood’s injury-hit defence has taken another blow, with Heath Shaw to miss Sunday’s AFL clash with Gold Coast with a calf injury.
While the Magpies hope the experienced backman will miss just one game, it adds to the unsettled state of a defence which also lost young fullback Lachlan Keeffe for the season with a knee injury.
The good news for the Magpies was Nathan Brown was named at fullback to return from the latest in his series of knee injuries.
But fellow tall defenders Chris Tarrant and Ben Reid were not in the 25-man squad and Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan is still sidelined.
Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said it was uncertain whether Shaw would return for the round 11 Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne.
The struggling Suns dropped ruckman-forward Zac Smith.
Reigning premiers Geelong regained midfield gun James Kelly and named two AFL debutants, Jordan Schroder and Lincoln McCarthy, for Saturday’s Simonds Stadium meeting with Greater Western Sydney.
As forecast, forward Tom Hawkins will miss the match after minor knee surgery.
The Giants also named a first-gamer, last year’s No.7 draft pick Nick Haynes.
Essendon welcomed back veteran Dustin Fletcher, fellow backman Kyle Hardingham and small forward Leroy Jetta for Saturday night’s MCG clash with Melbourne, but lost Mark McVeigh (hip).
Midfielder-forward Colin Sylvia was recalled for the winless Demons.
Fremantle made three changes after last Sunday’s big loss to West Coast, dropping Jonathon Griffin, Alex Silvagni and Jay van Berlo for Saturday’s encounter with Adelaide and including first-gamer Hayden Crozier.
Star forward Taylor Walker returns from suspension for the Crows.
Brisbane will find it harder to combat West Coast star ruck pairing Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui after losing Billy Longer (back) for Sunday’s Gabba clash, along with Simon Black (knee).
The Eagles lost Luke Shuey (suspension) and Sam Butler (hamstring).
Hawthorn dropped Stephen Gilham, after last round’s thrashing by Richmond, adding midfield run by replacing him with first-year player Bradley Hill for Saturday’s Launceston meeting with North Melbourne.
The unchanged Kangaroos are still missing injured ruckman Hamish McIntosh.
Sydney hope ruckman Shane Mumford proves his recovery from a back injury at training on Friday, after naming him on their extended bench for Sunday’s SCG clash with the Western Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs added defender Easton Wood and forward Ayce Cordy to their squad.
Carlton regained running backman Chris Yarran for Saturday night’s AAMI Stadium meeting with Port Adelaide, but are still without key defender Lachie Henderson and key forward Jarrad Waite.
Richmond welcomed back Jake Batchelor for Friday night’s pivotal clash with St Kilda, who lost Jarryn Geary to injury and remain without Sam Fisher.© AAP 2013