Crameri, Fletcher back for AFL’s Bombers

Essendon have made five changes, including regaining stars Dustin Fletcher and Stewart Crameri, for Sunday’s AFL clash with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

The Bombers have also welcomed back Angus Monfries and Michael Hibberd and given an AFL debut to midfielder Brendan Lee.

Ben Howlett and Jason Winderlich were forced out with hamstring injuries, while Essendon dropped Cale Hooker, Tayte Pears and Henry Slattery.

The Kangaroos regained Leigh Adams from a shoulder injury, replacing Aaron Mullett, in their only change.

Hawthorn added ruckman Max Bailey and running player Xavier Ellis for Sunday’s Launceston meeting with Port Adelaide, at the expense of the suspended Liam Shiels and dropped Shane Savage.

Bailey was a late withdrawal due to illness against Geelong last round.

His inclusion means he and fellow ruck options David Hale and Jarryd Roughead are set to play in the same AFL side for the first time.

The Power, to play under caretaker coach Garry Hocking for the first time, made four changes.

Alipate Carlile (back), Chad Wingard (glute) and Tom Jonas (calf) are out injured, while Aaron Young was dropped.

Troy Chaplin, David Rodan, Jarrad Redden and Nathan Blee were the inclusions.

The Western Bulldogs will give an AFL debut to high-leaping midfielder Lin Jong, of Taiwanese and East Timorese descent, who was this week elevated from their rookie list.

Ryan Hargrave and Justin Sherman were their other inclusions for Sunday’s MCG meeting with Richmond, who named an unchanged side.

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