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Essendon are confident both Andrew McGrath and Darcy Parish will be fit to take on St Kilda on Friday night.

Plus the Giants could welcome back a host of big names, while two big Dogs are ready to make their return from injury.

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GWS continue to gather momentum in their post-Leon Cameron era, with star defender Nick Haynes and ruckman Braydon Preuss both in line to return against the Western Bulldogs after getting through their VFL hitouts.

They could be joined by gun midfielder Tim Taranto (back) and former captain Phil Davis (hamstring), while youngster Xavier O’Halloran is pushing for senior selection as well.

But it’s not all good news for the Giants who will be without Matt DeBoer (concussion) and harry perryman (broken ribs) who both injured themselves in their big win over North Melbourne last round.

Port Adelaide youngster Zak Butters will face Sydney despite the shocking head clash with teammate Tom Jonas that was described as like a “car crash”.

Butters suffered a facial fracture in the shock collision and a black eye while Jonas split open his eyebrow.

“It’s not a pretty eye at the moment,” he said on SEN SA.

“Structurally it’s all good. I don’t think I’ll wear any protective gear as it’s in a pretty rare spot.”

But teammate Trent Dumont will miss with a calf strain.

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the Western Bulldogs have received a huge boost to their final prospects with josh bruce and Lachie Hunter playing their first games in the VFL this weekend after long layoffs.

Bruce has been sidelined since Round 21 last year when he ruptured his ACL against Essendon, cruelly ruling him out of the Dogs’ run to the grand finale, while Hunter has been absent since Round 5 to deal with personal issues.

Coach Luke Beveridge was taking a conservative outlook to Bruce’s timeline for a senior return, though, suggesting it might take the key forward as long as a month to be reintegrated.

Riley Garcia will also play in the VFL after injuring his knee in Round 5 against North Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Beveridge anticipated Lachie McNeill and Tim O’Brien “should be fine” to face GWS after spending some time recently in COVID protocols.

st kilda may be forced into at least three changes for Friday night’s game against Essendon, headlined by midfielder Zack Jones.

Jones was ruled out from further action during Saturday night’s loss to Brisbane Lions with a hamstring concern and, while scans have cleared him of damage, will have to get through training in order to be available for selection.

Mitch Owens and daniel mckenzie were the other two blows on a brutal night, with both now in the AFL’s concussion protocols and automatically ruled out for this week.

Jack Billings continues to work his way back into form after a long injury layoff, while hunter clark is also in the frame for a senior return.

North Melbourne will be without captain jack ziebell for the next four-to-five weeks, with the 31-year old requiring surgery on a facial fracture.

Ziebell sustained the fracture late in Sunday’s loss to Greater Western Sydney and had played every game up until this point of the season.

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West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson says first-year defender Rhett Bazzo isn’t far off making an AFL debut and will be considered for selection this week.

Bazzo was taken with pick No.37 in last year’s draft, but is yet to make his senior debut despite the Eagles using 43 players this season.

Having enjoyed a much-needed bye, West Coast hosts Geelong at Optus Stadium on Saturday, with Simpson suggesting finding a balance between experience and youth will be a key challenge in the second-half of the season.

“We’ve got a few guys on the back nine and respecting their careers and where they’re at and exposing our younger players is what we’ll work through in the back half of the year,” he said.

“There’s 10 games to go and I’m hoping to get the balance right where some weeks we’ll get a different look with the youth and some weeks we’ll get a different look with the players who deserve to play or have been around and been champions of the game.”

Jeremy McGovern, Liam Ryan, willie rioli, Sun Sheed and elliot yeo are all expected to be available for selection against the Cats.

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sydney are set to regain big man Tom Hickey for Round 14 clash with Port Adelaide.

Hickey has been restricted to just five games in 2022 due to injury but has returned from the bye in good health.

“Tom’s turf toe unfortunately failed to improve in the week leading up to our game against Melbourne and he was unavailable to play,” Swans head of physiotherapy Damian Raper said.

“He has progressed well over the bye period and expect him to available for selection in Round 14.”

harry cunningham will have to pass a fitness test later this week to be considered wile Angus Sheldrick remains at least another fortnight away with his knee injury.

Andrew McGrath will be back for Essendon after being a late withdrawal in Round 13.

McGrath suffered an adductor strain during training last week but has been cleared to play on Friday night.

Darcy Parish is racing the clock to be fit after he suffered a corked calf early in the clash with Carlton.

He was later subbed out of the match.

“He was still pretty sore early in the week and it’s improving every day so he’s still a test for this weekend,” the club said.

Devon Smith has undergone an operation on his knee, opting for a clean out in a bid to overcome his chronic knee issues.

“Due to some new symptoms, and in consultation with a specialist, it was deemed appropriate to explore further through arthroscopy which he had earlier this week,” the club said.

“Smith will require a period of rehabilitation, and return-to-play timeframes will be dependent on how his knee settles post procedure.”

Michael Hurley is still considered a chance to play in 2022 after a long stint on the sidelines.

“For ‘Hurls’, the hip’s going really well and he had that calf niggle which popped up not that long ago,” Bombers head of high performance Sean Murphy said.

“He’s just been working through that and he’s going to be integrating back into skills over the next week or two and then we’re hoping we’ll see him up and playing footy in the next month or so.

“Really exciting news for ‘Hurls’, he’s been unbelievable in going about his rehab and just kept at it.”

Kyle Langford will make his VFL return this weekend, alongside Will Snelling and patrick voss who will both be on restricted minutes.

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