Essendon should discover solutions to the Western Bulldogs’ turbo-charged midfield in the event that they’re to spark an AFL upset on Sunday, with Adam Treloar returning to bolster the ladder leaders.
Treloar will play his first recreation since struggling a syndesmosis harm in opposition to St Kilda in spherical 10.
The previous Collingwood dasher will add explosiveness and working energy to an already-formidable midfield whereas the Bulldogs have additionally regained Taylor Duryea (managed) and Ed Richards (concussion) for the conflict at Marvel Stadium.
Thrilling teenager Cody Weightman has been rested whereas Mitch Hannan is sidelined with a shoulder harm and Roarke Smith has been dropped.
“The gamers who’re enjoying for Footscray are aspiring to be within the senior workforce, and now we have to reward it once they play effectively,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge mentioned on Friday.
“Then there’s a gap from one of many lads who’ve been enjoying in our AFL workforce, via an injury-based omission or a form-based omission.
“Cody (Weightman), up till yesterday, was in line to proceed on and play in opposition to the Bombers this Sunday, however he is just a bit bit too sore, so we thought we might give him per week off.
“Hopefully he’ll be alright for the next week.
“We have picked (Adam) within the 26 – he is come this far in his restoration and his rehabilitation, and has had all he wants from a coaching perspective. He is almost certainly to play on Sunday.”
Ahead Josh Bruce will play his one hundred and fiftieth AFL recreation whereas defender Zaine Cordy will make his a hundredth look.
Essendon sit 4 factors outdoors the highest eight after back-to-back losses.
Coach Ben Rutten mentioned the younger Bombers would relish the possibility to check themselves in opposition to the league pace-setters – who they have not crushed in six video games, with their final win in opposition to the Canines in 2014.
“It will be a terrific alternative for us,” coach Ben Rutten mentioned.
“They have been one of many actually constant groups and performers all through the course of the season.
“They are a actually well-balanced workforce. They’re in all probability underpinned by their contest work and stoppage stuff.
“They have some actually robust gamers in there, some massive our bodies.”
The Bombers dropped younger gun Archie Perkins whereas captain Dyson Heppell (thumb) and utility Kyle Langford (hamstring) are unavailable via harm.
Alec Waterman, Martin Gleeson and Matt Guelfi had been recalled for Essendon.
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