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22/05/2008 08:03:10 PM Comments (0)

While a controversial suspension means Port Adelaide are without Shaun Burgoyne, they have named Chad Cornes and Michael Wilson for Saturday's AFL home match against Sydney.

Power coach Mark Williams made no secret of his fury about Burgoyne's suspension and the club could face an AFL fine over the comments.

But his mood will be considerably brighter if Cornes and Wilson can prove their fitness on Friday at training.

Cornes, an All-Australian midfielder, has been out since round six with a broken finger, while Wilson, the Power's much-respected veteran defender, suffered an Achilles tendon injury in last year's preliminary final.

The Power left out Adam Thomson, while the Swans recalled Tim Schmidt for injured defender Tadgh Kennelly.

"Shaun is difficult to cover but in Michael and Chad we have some versatile players who can help cover his absence," Port football manager Peter Rohde said on the club website.

Another big-name inclusion is Collingwood ruckman Josh Fraser, named for Friday night's match against Geelong at the MCG.

Fraser suffered a knee injury in the May 10 Hall Of Fame tribute match and was named for fellow ruckman Cameron Wood.

"I wouldn't have named him if I didn't think he'd play," said Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse.

"He'll go into the 22 tonight, I'm not going to play games like that.

"If a bloke is comprehensively not going to play he won't be named because it plays with people's heads, particularly the bloke that gets left out.

"He'll be named and we'll weigh that up by tomorrow morning."

The Cats also changed ruckmen, bringing in Trent West for Shane Mumford, while Matthew Stokes returns in place of Max Rooke.

Carlton's under-manned defence will welcome Bret Thornton for Saturday's Telstra Dome game against Fremantle.

Earlier this week, the Blues expected Thornton to miss at least another week with his knee injury, but he was named along with Shaun Hampson and Jake Edwards.

Cain Ackland was omitted, while Richard Hadley (groin) and Michael Jamison (shoulder) are injured.

The Dockers recalled Antoni Grover and Chris Mayne for injured pair Roger Hayden (lung) and Marcus Drum (hamstring).

Underperforming Essendon have made three unforced changes for Saturday night's match against Richmond at the MCG, dropping Adam Ramanauskas, Mal Michael and Jason Laycock.

Bachar Houli is ill and they named Nathan Lovett-Murray, Adam McPhee, Ricky Dyson and Jobe Watson.

The Tigers brought in Adam Pattison and Jay Schulz for Luke McGuane and Mitch Morton.

West Coast named Tim Houlihan and Beau Wilkes for their senior debuts in Saturday night's home game against Adelaide, leaving out Mark Nicoski and Jaymie Graham.

Houlihan is a midfielder, picked up in the 2006 draft, while Wilkes is a key defender who has been on the Eagles' rookie list for four years.

Their debuts will take the number of Eagles senior newcomers this year to seven.

Adelaide named Richard Douglas and Brent Reilly at the expense of Jarrham Jacky and Luke Jericho.

The Sunday squads featured St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt, who is coming back from a knee injury, and the most famous name in Hawthorn's history.

Josh Kennedy, who will make his debut for the Hawks against Melbourne, is the grandson of club legend John Kennedy and the son of four-time premiership ruckman John Kennedy Jnr.

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