Sam Mitchell will return for Hawthorn, while Fremantle’s Anthony Morabito was finally named for his AFL comeback and Dustin Fletcher axed by the Bombers.
Veteran defender Dustin Fletcher is a surprise omission from Essendon’s side for the tough AFL road trip against Port Adelaide.
The Bombers also lost in-form backman Michael Hibberd (ankle) for the match against the Power, who lost top spot last Sunday with the surprise loss to Adelaide.
Fletcher was sore after the Friday night loss to Geelong, but he was not listed as injured and is one of their emergencies.
Jason Winderlich will return from suspension and Mark Baguley is also back for Essendon.
As well as the loss to injury of key defenders Alipate Carlile (hamstring) and Jackson Trengove (ankle), Port dropped Sam Gray.
Dom Cassisi is back from a knee injury and the Power also brought in Cam O’Shea and Aaron Young.
Collingwood lost Luke Ball (calf) and Jamie Elliott (hamstring) for Saturday’s match of the round on the Gold Coast against the Suns.
The Magpies also axed Jesse White and brought back Brodie Grundy, Marley Williams and Tom Langdon.
Gold Coast dropped Luke Russell and Matt Shaw for Sean Lemmens and Aaron Hall.
Anthony Morabito’s 1394-day wait is finally over, with the Fremantle midfielder returning for the Darwin match on Saturday against Melbourne.
Morabito has endured three left-knee reconstructions since he last played for the Dockers in their 2010 semi-final loss.
Teammates hugged him when coach Ross Lyon broke the news at the end of Thursday training.
Morabito has had to bide his time in the WAFL and admitted Lyon’s announcement left him shocked.
“All the boys were really happy, they embraced me. I was quite emotional at the time and I will cherish that moment,” he said.
The Dockers also regained key defender Luke McPharlin, with Matt Taberner (hamstring) and Clancee Pearce out of the side.
The Demons brought back Jordie McKenzie and Tom McDonald for Neville Jetta (suspended) and Daniel Nicholson.
Star Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell will play his first game since a hamstring injury in round seven when they play North Melbourne in Friday night’s Etihad Stadium match.
He returns as Cyril Rioli starts an eight to 10-week spell with a damaged hamstring tendon.
The Kangaroos reacted to last week’s shock loss to Brisbane by dropping Aaron Mullett, Brad McKenzie and Max Warren, while Jack Ziebell has a knee injury.
North have brought in Scott McMahon, Lachie Hansen, Liam Anthony and Sam Wright.
A week after his five-week club suspension ended, Toby Greene is back for Greater Western Sydney.
Tom Scully and Zac Williams will also return for Saturday’s home game against Adelaide.
Heath Shaw (concussion), Josh Hunt and Nathan Wilson are the omissions.
The Crows made three unforced changes as Ben Rutten, David Mackay, Ricky Henderson and Rory Laird were recalled.
Brent Reilly (soreness), Jason Porplyzia, Luke Thompson and Jarryd Lyons are out of the side.
Daniel Jackson and Brett O’Hanlon will return for Richmond on Saturday against Brisbane at the MCG, with Steve Morris suspended and Nick Vlastuin out because of a leg injury.
Brisbane’s Jack Redden also has a leg injury and Darcy Gardiner will take his spot.