Hawks’ AFL stars back to play Magpies

Top-placed Hawthorn have regained three of their biggest stars – Lance Franklin, Luke Hodge and Grant Birchall – for Friday night’s bumper AFL clash with in-form Collingwood.


Franklin missed last round’s win over St Kilda with hamstring soreness, captain Hodge was out with a thumb injury, while running defender Birchall hasn’t played since round 13 because of a knee injury.

The Magpies, coming off an impressive win over Sydney, have named an unchanged side.

Carlton have lost captain Chris Judd, defender Matthew Watson and speedster Jeff Garlett to injury for Saturday’s crucial MCG clash with Richmond.

But after losing to the Western Bulldogs last round, they still dropped forward Sam Rowe and tagger Jaryd Cachia.

Debutant Nick Graham was among their inclusions, while Mitch Robinson earned a recall.

The Tigers have lost former skipper Chris Newman (ankle) but Dylan Grimes returns for his first AFL game since round six, after overcoming a foot injury.

Essendon, coming off three big losses, have made five changes for Saturday’s meeting with North Melbourne.

Dustin Fletcher and Paddy Ryder are out suspended, Jason Winderlich (hamstring) is also a forced omission along with Scott Gumbleton (soreness), while David Myers has been rested.

The Bombers have handed Lauchlan Dalgleish a debut.

Gold Coast have lost Campbell Brown to suspension and Nathan Bock, Sam Day and Alex Sexton to injury for Saturday’s clash with Port Adelaide.

The Power have lost Domenic Cassisi and John Butcher.

West Coast forward Mark LeCras will miss Saturday night’s encounter with Geelong, but Luke Shuey returns.

The Cats have left out star forward Tom Hawkins (back), with ruckman Mark Blicavs added to their side.

Sydney have added Gary Rohan to their extended squad for Sunday’s SCG meeting with St Kilda, for what would be his first AFL game since a severe leg break in round four last year, if he makes the final 22.

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