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Hurley’s return headlines five Essendon changes

‘‘He came along really well and he’s worked unbelievably hard to get himself back,’’ Worsfold said.

‘‘He set himself a stretched target to get ready for this game and has done brilliantly, so he got through everything we could have asked of him today and he’s ready to go.’’

The Dockers, still a mathematical chance of sneaking into the finals, have rolled the dice, including Cam McCarthy and giving Hayden Ballantyne a farewell game at home, with Jason Carter and Bailey Banfield making way for the pair.

Collingwood included John Noble to play his second game with Josh Daicos dropped while the Crows decided to name Reilly O’Brien alongside Sam Jacobs in an attempt to double-team All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy in a must-win match for the Crows.

The Brisbane Lions will enter their sellout match against Geelong unchanged as they attempt to secure a top-two spot. The Cats decided to replace midfielder Sam Menegola with Irish-born defender Mark O’Connor, who has recovered from turf toe. Geelong resisted the temptation to include Zac Smith or Rhys Stanley and are likely to play Mark Blicavs in the ruck again.

Richmond’s Dustin Martin is back but the Tigers are yet to reveal who will make way.

GWS star and Coleman Medal leader Jeremy Cameron has been forced out of Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs with a corked hamstring, joined by Brett Deledio (calf). Josh Kelly, Matt de Boer, Harry Himmelberg, Isaac Cumming, Aidan Corr and Zach Sproule have been added to the extended squad.

The Dogs added Lewis Young, Rhylee West, Lachie Young and possible debutant Callum Porter as they hunt a spot in the eight.

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