Mitch Robinson is likely to face the chopping block this week as Daniel Rich is set to return from a concussion bout that kept him from the Richmond match at the MCG.
Brisbane somehow didn’t come away with the four points, despite leading by 42 points in the second quarter and will need to make some tough calls for the clash with Carlton at the Gabba.
Robinson was serviceable on Sunday, collecting 14 touches and a goal but missed a crucial shot late in the last quarter that would’ve put the Lions up by five points.
The returning Rich will most likely mean that the former Blue will make way, but could see some reprieve if Zac Bailey and Jarrod Berry are unable to get up for the game.
Melbourne could make two changes heading into the intriguing contest with Collingwood on Friday night at the MCG, as Ben Brown and James Harmes are expected to be available.
Despite defeating Fremantle at Optus Stadium, the Demons could look at dropping Sam Weideman and Jayden Hunt for the duo as Simon Goodwin’s side is almost at full strength.
Weideman had no impact on the game, gathering one disposal and kicking one major from 77 per cent game time in a disappointing outing.
Hunt didn’t play too bad, amassing 12 possessions from 86 per cent game time from the half back.
However, Goodwin is likely to push Brayshaw back into the backline meaning Harmes will play alongside the wing and midfield to combat the Pies’ unpredictable setup.
Travis Colyer is also one who may be put back into the reserves this week, struggling to get his hands on the ball and pressure the Melbourne defence.
Known for his speed, Colyer managed to only lay four tackles in a contested game, as well as collecting six touches from 76 per cent game time.
The small, forward fleet that worked for the majority of the season for the Dockers does need a revamp, as they have struggled to tear games a part like they did previously.
Darcy Tucker could make his way back into the senior side after an impressive WAFL performance with the former Bomber being the unlucky one to miss out.
The imminent return of premiership Tiger and rebounding half back Brandon Ellis into the Gold Coast side has some players worried, with out-of-favour Rory Atkins the most likely of them all.
The former Crow has struggled to cement his spot in the team in 2022 after signing a five-year deal at the end of 2020.
Atkins gathered 17 disposals and played his role in the win against West Coast, but coach Stuart Dew will feel inclined to bring back Ellis, who was a late withdrawal from the Eagles clash due to a minor shoulder injury.
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