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Mackie rested as Cats regain two

By Guy Hand 07/07/2011 07:38:34 PM Comments (0)

Top-of-the-ladder Geelong's revolving selection door continues to spin, with defender Andrew Mackie the latest to be given recuperation time ahead of an AFL finals campaign.

The Cats have recalled Joel Corey and Travis Varcoe for the clash with West Coast on Friday night in Perth.

Corey and Varcoe, who both had niggling soreness, missed last weekend's defeat by Essendon.

They were sent to Perth early for an extended preparation for this week's match at Patersons Stadium.

Mackie, who is also listed with soreness, is among those making way - the latest in a long line of Cats given what the club hope is a well-timed rest.

Others returning to action from injury include Gold Coast star Michael Rischitelli for the Suns' home clash with Sydney on Saturday and gun Swans' midfielder Kieren Jack.

Sydney also regain No.1 ruckman Shane Mumford from suspension, with Mark Seaby making way as one of five players axed after the disappointing last-round loss to Adelaide.

Swan Nick Malceski is back from a groin problem, utility Nick Smith also returns, along with ex-West Coast player Matt Spangher - who could well be sent forward for Sydney with Mumford earmarked for a heavy load in the ruck.

"Those players are obviously quality senior players back in the team and we know they'll be better the longer they play - particularly Jack and Mumford," Sydney coach John Longmire said on Thursday.

"We want to give Mummy (Mumford) the best possible chance of getting back into touch, and that is to play him as much on ball as we can, rather than playing him forward."

Highly-rated Collingwood defender Lachlan Keeffe is a chance for his AFL debut, added to the premier's extended bench for Sunday's match against North Melbourne at the MCG.

Essendon have recalled pacy Ricky Dyson to replace injured veteran Andrew Welsh for Saturday night's match against Richmond.

The Tigers have axed Mitch Farmer and lost ruckman Andrew Browne (hip) from the side thrashed the previous week by Carlton.

Young midfielder Reece Conca and defender Luke McGuane replace them.

Hawthorn have named star forward Lance Franklin for their match against Brisbane in Launceston on Saturday despite some media speculation he has an ankle problem.

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