Nathan Wilson will move into Greater Western Sydney’s defence to replace the injured Jack Steele when the Giants take on Port Adelaide.
Steele has been withdrawn from Sunday’s clash at Adelaide Oval with a fracture in his hand, sustained during an awkward landing in last weekend’s 79-point demolition of lowly Brisbane.
Coach Leon Cameron said no surgery was required, but the swelling had not subsided enough for him to play.
He hoped the 20-year-old would be right to face Richmond next week.
Steele’s absence opens the door for Wilson to return after two games out.
Wilson had been in excellent form before groin soreness struck.
His speed will be a major asset for the fourth-placed Giants against Port, who produced their best display of the season to stun North Melbourne last Saturday.
“Nathan Wilson will come into the 22, and that’s most likely the only change at this stage,” Cameron said on Friday.
“The guys who performed last week… we were all really happy with, their effort and energy.”
Cameron was pleased with the way the squad stepped it up against the Lions in response to their shock loss to Collingwood.
“For four quarters we did the things we needed to do – got back to winning contested ball and some stoppages, which has been a hallmark of our year,” Cameron said.
“Mumford had an influence on the game and brought our onballers in – they were really keen to atone for some of the disappointing moments the week before.
“It’s a different story this week because we come up against a side in really good form who knocked over the Kangaroos.”