Melbourne’s Adam Tomlinson is set to make room for the returning Jake Lever as the Demons prepare for their crucial Friday night clash with Fremantle.

Struggling to cement his spot in the side, Tomlinson has played eight games this year – including one as the substitute –  and failed to have much impact against the Western Bulldogs over the weekend.

The former Giant had 12 touches and six marks, but the imminent recall of premiership star Lever will force Tomlinson back into the reserves.

Zach Guthrie may be the unlucky one for Geelong this week, as Tom Stewart is set to return from his four-week suspension

Guthrie has played the last 11 matches and performed at a high level, but the top of the table Cats are set to regain their three-time All-Australian for the intriguing game against the Dogs.

The 24-year-old has been serviceable in defence, but managed to gather a measly three possessions against Port Adelaide and could be the unlucky one.

Adelaide small forward Ned McHenry could face the chopping block this week, following one of his quieter performances of the season against Sydney over the weekend.

McHenry collected nine disposals and kicked one goal in the round 19 loss but will likely make space for Josh Rachele, who’s returning from injury.

The 22-year-old has played the majority of games but coach Matthew Nicks isn’t opposed to making tough decisions to get the best out of his side.

Carlton forwards Jesse Motlop and Josh Honey could make way for experienced pair, Marc Pittonet and Matt Owies, for their clash against Adelaide on Saturday night.

Motlop had five handballs in the win over the weekend while Honey collected 14 possessions and a goal but still may face the axe.

Pittonet’s return will free up Tom De Koning and Jack Silvagni while Owies was a regular in the side before his calf issue.

Lachlan McNeil is also in line to make room for a returning star, with 2020 All-Australian Caleb Daniel set to join the senior side after his knee injury.

McNeil was useful in the win over the Demons but could be squeezed out of the team, especially if Adam Treloar is deemed fit for the match against Geelong.

The 21-year-old gathered 12 possessions and four tackles but Luke Beveridge would be excited by the prospect that his best ball user (Daniel) is set to return.

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