Josh Dunkley will take on the Power on Monday night after six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said the loss of Matt Suckling to a hamstring injury had paved the way for Dunkley — who has not played since Round 3 on June 19 — to return and provide the consistency that he said the Dogs craved.
“Dunks will play, so there’ll be at least one change there,” Beveridge said.
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“As you know, Matty Suckling hurt his hamstring last week and we’ve got a run this morning, just a really light run and we’ll release our team (on Sunday) afternoon.
“(Dunkley) is just a great team player. A great teammate. He does everything right in the game – he works his backside off … and he reads the game really early.
“He’s strong and hard in tight, and he really gets out. Our boys have done an inconsistent job over the course of the year inside and out, but Dunks is a really consistent player who continues to apply himself. And he’s a shining example within our four walls of what we’re after.”
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Lachie Hunter, who has taken a break from AFL to deal with personal issues, will play in a scratch match on Sunday afternoon and Beveridge said he was making positive strides.
“Maddie’s up now, which is great, Lachie’s fiancee,” Beveridge said.
“They did have plans to get married – I’m not sure how that sits in this COVID-19 world at the moment.
“He’ll play in the scratch match today … so that’ll be good for him. And we’ll see how he comes through over the course of the next week or two and work out whether he’s considered to come back in to the AFL team.”
PREMIERSHIP TIGER SET TO RETURN FROM INJURY
Two-time Premiership Tiger Nick Vlaustin will return for Richmond’s blockbuster clash against Brisbane.
The key defender missed the Tigers convincing win over the Western Bulldogs on last Wednesday night – in which Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said his side played like the side that has been the best team in the AFL in the past three years.
Richmond’s physical performance manager Peter Burge said Vlaustin’s calf injury had healed for the Lions clash on Tuesday.
“Nick trained today (Sunday) with the group, he did some running two days ago,” Burge said.
“It was tough decision not to play him the other night because he wasn’t too bad.
“But with the three games (in short succession) it was the right decision not to play him.”
Reigning club best and fairest Dion Prestia will start running this week as he recovers from his syndesmosis injury.
Prestia and ruckman Toby Nankervis have joined the Tigers in their Gold Coast hub.
Burge said Nankervis was ahead of Prestia in his recovery – also from a syndesmosis.
“He started running a couple of days ago and is looking fantastic,” he said.
Josh Caddy has been earmarked to play in the Tigers clash against Port Adelaide in SA on Saturday.
“We will confirm his availability after the main session on Thursday,” he said.
FULL ROUND 10 TEAMS (Times AEST)
PORT ADELAIDE v WESTERN BULLDOGS
Monday August 3, 7:10pm at the Adelaide Oval
B: S.Mayes, T.Clurey, T.McKenzie
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: X.Duursma, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: S.Powell-Pepper, T.Rockliff, C.Rozee
F: Z.Butters, C.Dixon, R.Gray
FOLL: P.Ladhams, D.Houston, T.Boak
I/C: M.Georgiades, K.Farrell, B.Woodwock, J.Westhoff
IN: B.Woodcock, T.McKenzie
OUT: J.Lienert, B.Ebert
B: Easton Wood, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
HB: Bailey Williams, Zaine Cordy, Hayden Crozier
C: Jason Johannisen, Jack Macrae, Pat Lipinski
HF: Toby McLean, Marcus Bontempelli, Laitham Vandermeer
F: Mitch Wallis, Josh Bruce, Cody Weightman
FOLL: Tim English, Tom Liberatore, Josh Dunkley
I/C: Bailey Smith, Ed Richards, Sam Lloyd, Roarke Smith
EMG: Ben Cavarra, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Jordon Sweet
IN: Josh Dunkley, Cody Weightman, Roarke Smith
OUT: Matt Suckling (hamstring), Jackson Trengove, Billy Gowers
The remaining Round 10 teams will be named at 6.20pm on the night before a game is played.