Carlton have confirmed that Chris Judd will play in the VFL for the first time this weekend when he resumes from injury.
Chris Judd’s outstanding AFL career is about to reach an unwelcome milestone, with the two-time Brownlow Medallist named for his VFL debut.
The Carlton star will play for the Northern Blues this Saturday against Sandringham at Visy Park.
Judd has not played at a lower level since the first week of the 2002 season – his first at West Coast.
A week later, he made his debut for the Eagles and rapidly became an all-time great midfielder.
But the 260-game veteran is 30 and the Blues decided to be conservative with Judd’s comeback after his wretched season so far.
Judd missed the opening four rounds because of achilles tendon surgery.
He only lasted a few minutes of the round-five game against the Western Bulldogs before limping off with a hamstring injury.
“He’ll give us a huge boost,” said teammate Andrew Carrazzo.
“But, in saying that, it’s his first game back after a long spell and, having only played five minutes of footy earlier in the year, it is going to take him some time to find his place and his role out there.”
The Blues regained Andrew Walker and David Armfield for Friday night’s AFL match against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
David Ellard has a calf muscle injury and impressive first-year player Dylan Buckley is an emergency.
The Cats strengthened their defence with the returns of Corey Enright and Tom Lonergan.
They come in for Travis Varcoe, who has a family funeral, and Jackson Sheringham.
Hawthorn’s injury problems eased slightly with the naming of Cyril Rioli and Jordan Lewis for Saturday’s Launceston match against West Coast.
But David Hale is out with a corked quad muscle.
The Hawks also named Luke Lowden for his AFL debut and recalled Matt Spangher.
Jonathan Simpkin, Will Langford and Mitch Hallahan are the omissions.
Captain Darren Glass is back for the Eagles, who lost Josh Kennedy with a fractured cheekbone.
Brad Sheppard has a buttock injury and out-of-sorts forward Josh Hill was dropped, with West Coast recalling Mark Hutchings and Jeremy McGovern.
Dom Cassisi, Hamish Hartlett and Tom Jonas rejoin Port Adelaide for their Saturday home game against St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.
Jake Neade was dropped and the Power lost Paul Stewart (knee) and Andrew Moore (shoulder).
The Saints brought in Tom Simpkin, Tom Lee, Josh Saunders and Sam Dunell for Adam Schneider (foot), Rhys Stanley, Tom Curren and Arryn Siposs.
The Bulldogs named Jarrad Grant and left out Fletcher Roberts for Saturday night’s Etihad Stadium game against Brisbane.
Stefan Martin and Rohan Bewick are back for the Lions, who lost Trent West (knee) and dropped Jackson Paine.
Essendon are unchanged for their Saturday night game in Sydney against GWS, with Michael Hurley (back) still sidelined.
The Giants named Rory Lobb for his senior debut and included Stephen Coniglio in place of Dylan Addison and Jeremy Cameron (suspension).
Richmond have confirmed Dan Jackson (hip), Shaun Grigg (hamstring), Dylan Grimes (toe) and Reece Conca (groin) will miss Sunday’s game against North Melbourne.