Minson returns among six ‘Dogs AFL changes

Will Minson’s successful VFL appeal means the Western Bulldogs will make six changes for their big game on Saturday against GWS.

After an exciting start to the season, the Bulldogs are trying to arrest a three-game losing streak.

They dropped Ayce Cordy, Michael Talia, Lachie Hunter and Lin Jong.

Brett Goodes also has a broken arm and forward Stewart Crameri is out because of an adductor injury.

Minson will return to the senior team for the first time since round three.

He was sent off while playing for Footscray in the VFL last Sunday after he made contact with an umpire.

Minson originally was suspended for four matches, but that was reduced on Thursday night to a reprimand and a $7500 fine.

The Bulldogs recalled Jack Macrea, Jarrad Grant, Nathan Hrovat and Lukas Webb.

Former Geelong defender Joel Hamling will make his AFL debut.

The Giants recalled Lachie Whitfield and Aiden Corr for Phil Davis (suspended) and Zac Williams.

Star recruit Patrick Ryder is out of Port Adelaide’s Saturday match against Melbourne in Alice Springs because of an Achilles injury.

The out-of-form Power also lost defender Jackson Trengove to an ankle injury and Kane Cornes has retired.

Matthew Broadbent, who has signed a four-year contract extension, Paul Stewart and Tom Clurey will return.

Melbourne recalled Jack Viney and Neville Jetta for Ben Newton and Aidan Riley.

Carlton captain Marc Murphy (calf) has joined Chris Judd (knee) and Bryce Gibbs (back) as massive losses for Friday night’s match against Sydney at the SCG.

Robert Warnock (hip) is also injured and the Blues recalled Andrew Carrazzo, Andrew Walker, Lachie Henderson and Nick Graham.

Sydney’s Daniel Robinson will come in for Jake Lloyd and make his AFL debut.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge returns from suspension, leading three inclusions for the Launceston game on Saturday against Gold Coast.

Daniel Howe was named for his senior debut and Taylor Duryea will also return.

The Hawks lost Grant Birchall (ankle) and Will Langford (corked calf) and dropped Matt Suckling.

Gold Goast made four changes, bringing back Steven May, Andrew Boston and Jack Martin.

Keegan Brooksby will play his first senior game.

Apart from losing Dion Prestia (knee), the Suns dropped Andrew Raines, Jack Leslie and Aaron Hall.

Richmond’s Ty Vickery (ankle) goes out for Liam McBean as the only change for the Dreamtime At The `G match on Saturday night against Essendon.

Adelaide recalled Ricky Henderson for Sam Kerridge, who will miss Saturday’s home game with an ankle injury against Fremantle.

The most notable inclusions for Sunday’s squads are St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt, North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow and Collingwood defender Alan Toovey.

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