Geelong duo Luke Dahlhaus and Gryan Miers are set to be sidelined for the Cats’ clash against Richmond at the MCG.
Chris Scott is hoping to regain Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield as well as speedy forward Gary Rohan for the highly anticipated match-up.
Dahlhaus, who’s struggled to cement his spot in the team, had little impact in the win over West Coast, collecting a measly seven touches from 71 per cent game time.
Miers’ performance was of a similar disappointment, as he too gathered seven possessions from over three-quarters of game time.
The pair have played the majority of matches in 2022 but are probably the unlucky ones to make room for those returning for Geelong.
St Kilda’s Dan Butler may also face the chopping block after another goalless performance in the shock loss against Essendon.
Butler has struggled this year, kicking only six goals from 10 outings and being a shadow of his former self.
The return of skipper Jack Steele and Daniel McKenzie (concussion) is going to force some outs for Brett Ratten and the former Tiger could be back in the reserves.
Butler’s averages in his last six matches have been well under par, kicking only one major in that time and amassing a lowly nine touches. The Saints also have lost four games in that period.
Sam Wicks is another fringe player that could be flicked back into the VFL side.
After a quiet performance in the loss to Port Adelaide, Wicks was unable to assist his side in anyway as the struggling small forward continues his woes.
In the past three matches, the 22-year-old has averaged under eight touches a game and less than two tackles, which if you’re not kicking goals as a forward, you’re applying pressure.
Similar prototype Ben Ronke was one of the dominant performers in the twos, kicking three goals and amassing 20 disposals in their 111-point win over Williamstown.
Almost a like-for-like, John Longmire has rarely played the duo, especially when Tom Papley is available and could be one of the changes leading into the crucial St Kilda game.
Jack Bowes may also be another unfortunate one, despite coming on as the substitute when Will Powell injured his ankle.
In his first game of the year, Bowes came on during the third term and was deployed across half back to replace Powell.
However, coach Stuart Dew hasn’t favoured the 24-year-old in 2022 and has gone down the path of Connor Budarick as the small defender for the Suns.
Budarick is expected to return this week for the clash against Port Adelaide and will slot straight into the backline, forcing Bowes back into the twos.