Sam Mitchell won’t be fit to make a return match against the club with whom he played more than 300 games and won four premierships.
Mitchell, who joined the West Coast Eagles over the off-season, has fallen victim to an ankle injury that will keep him from playing this weekend. Jack Darling comes back in to replace him.
While that doesn’t look likely to boost Hawthorn’s fortunes too much, another 0-4 team in Sydney have a lot to be excited about.
They’re regaining key players Kurt Tippett and Isaac Heeney from injury, Heeney for his first game of the year, as well as Gary Rohan, and are also debuting a youngster, Lewis Melican.
Notably, they’ve dropped their first draft pick Oliver Florent, and highly-rated young defender Aliir Aliir as part of their changes.
Sydney’s opponents for the week, GWS, have recalled veteran Steve Johnson, with No.2 draft pick Tim Taranto ‘managed’ to make way.
Paddy Ryder is back for Port Adelaide after serving a one-match suspension with Dale Thomas and Matthew Kreuzer to miss for their opponents, Carlton.
Travis Cloke is out for a few weeks for the Western Bulldogs due to some broken ribs, while Steven May will miss for Gold Coast due to a hamstring.
Brad Crouch will make his return from injury for the Adelaide Crows, as will Mason Wood for North Melbourne.
Cameron Polson for Carlton and Ed Vickers-Willis for North Melbourne will make their AFL debuts, while Koby Stevens at the Western Bulldogs and Aaron Black at Geelong may make their club debuts, named on extended benches.
Hawthorn haven’t found any room to bring Ty Vickery back into their side this week after he was a late withdrawal in Round 4.
You can see all the changes for the teams this week below. Teams for Monday and Tuesday’s matches are yet to be announced, check back later.
Port Adelaide Power vs Carlton Blues
7:50pm Friday April 21, Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide Power
IN: Paddy Ryder
OUT: Matthew White (omitted)
IN: Cameron Polson, Andrew Phillips
OUT: Dale Thomas (soreness), Matthew Kreuzer (soreness)
NEW: Cameron Polson
Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions
1:45pm Saturday April 22, Etihad Stadium
IN: Shane Biggs
OUT: Travis Cloke (ribs)
IN: Ryan Harwood, Ryan Bastinac, Liam Dawson
OUT: Rohan Bewick, Tom Bell (omitted), Tom Cutler (hamstring)
Gold Coast Suns vs Adelaide Crows
4:35pm Saturday April 22, Metricon Stadium
Gold Coast Suns
IN: Callum Ah Chee
OUT: Steven May (hamstring)
IN: Brad Crouch
OUT: Jake Kelly (injured)
Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants
7:25pm Saturday April 22, SCG
IN: Lewis Melican, Kurt Tippett, Isaac Heeney, Gary Rohan
OUT: Robbie Fox (knee), Nic Newman, Oliver Florent, Aliir Aliir (omitted)
NEW: Lewis Melican
IN: Steve Johnson
OUT: Tim Taranto (managed)
Fremantle Dockers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos
7:40pm Saturday April 22, Domain Stadium
IN: Darcy Tucker
OUT: Harley Balic (hip)
North Melbourne Kangaroos
IN: Mason Wood, Ed Vickers-Willis
OUT: Braydon Preuss (rested), Nathan Hrovat (omitted)
NEW: Ed Vickers-Willis
St Kilda Saints vs Geelong Cats
3:20pm Sunday April 23, Etihad Stadium
St Kilda Saints
IN: Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Darren Minchington
OUT: Tom Hickey (managed), David Armitage (groin), Jack Lonie (omitted)
IN: George Horlin-Smith, Aaron Black, Darcy Lang
OUT: James Parsons (suspended), Sam Menegola (suspended), Tom Ruggles (omitted)
NEW: Aaron Black
Hawthorn Hawks vs West Coast Eagles
4:40pm Sunday April 23, MCG
IN: Daniel Howe
OUT: Ricky Henderson (omitted)
West Coast Eagles
IN: Jack Darling
OUT: Sam Mitchell (ankle)
Richmond Tigers vs Melbourne Demons
7:25pm Monday April 24, MCG
IN: Oleg Markov
OUT: Nick Vlastuin (concussion)
IN: Jesse Hogan, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Michael Hibberd, Tim Smith
OUT: Tomas Bugg, Mitch Hannan, Dean Kent, Sam Weideman (omitted)
NEW: Michael Hibberd
Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Magpies
3:20pm Tuesday April 25, MCG
IN: Ben McNiece, Aaron Francis
OUT: Conor McKenna (suspended), Kyle Langford (omitted)
IN: Daniel Wells, Mason Cox, Tom Phillips
OUT: Jesse White, Josh Smith, Jarryd Blair (omitted)
NEW: Daniel Wells