Former Melbourne co-captains Jack Trengove and Jack Grimes are on the outer for Sunday’s must-win AFL match against Adelaide.
While the in-form Crows are unchanged, the Demons have made three changes.
Trengove was dropped and joins Grimes and Viv Michie as the emergencies.
The Demons have rested Clayton Oliver, the round-one Rising Star nominee, while Josh Wagner has a knee injury.
Jeff Garlett, Matt Jones and James Harmes are the three additions.
Melbourne have named top midfielder Jack Viney, but he is in doubt after leaving Friday training early.
Viney has hamstring soreness, only lasting about 15 minutes at training before going for treatment.
Trengove recovered from a long-term foot injury that nearly ended his career to make a popular return to the senior team.
He returned in round 11 and played in their past three matches.
Grimes has not played a senior game this season, but regularly has been named as an emergency.
“He (Grimes) is really close. It is a tough one because the seniors have been going pretty well and the seconds are playing really well,” said coach Paul Roos.
“If I was him, I’d be getting frustrated, but we’re making sure we’re communicating pretty strongly with him and he knows where he sits.
“It’s only human nature to get frustrated this late in the season.”
Grimes’ inability to break back into the AFL team has raised speculation this could be his last season with the Demons.
After making his name as a defender, Grimes has played more on the wing this season in the VFL.
“Those decisions will be made at the end of the year,” Roos said of Grimes’ future at the club.
“When he does get a game, and I’m sure he’ll get a game at some point this week or next week or whatever, we think he’s going to be a better player than he has been in the past.”
Grimes and Trengove were co-captains in 2012-13, while Grimes shared the leadership with Nathan Jones in 2014.