Chris Judd will make a rare appearance in the reserves this Saturday as he prepares for his AFL comeback.
Carlton confirmed the star veteran would play for the Northern Blues against Sandringham in the VFL match at Visy Park.
It will be the first time Judd has played in a lower league since the two-time Brownlow Medallist started his storied AFL career in 2002.
His only AFL appearance so far this season was in round five, when he only lasted a couple of minutes before he suffered a hamstring injury against the Western Bulldogs.
Judd’s start to the season was delayed by achilles tendon surgery.
The Blues regained Andrew Walker and David Armfield for Friday night’s AFL match against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
But the Cats beefed up their defence by recalling Corey Enright and Tom Lonergan.
Carlton lost David Ellard with a calf muscle injury and left out impressive youngster Dylan Buckley.
Geelong’s Travis Varcoe was unavailable because of a family funeral and Jackson Sheringham was dropped.
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 will hope Jarrad Grant can boost their misfiring attack for Saturday night’s Etihad Stadium game against Brisbane.
He was recalled for Fletcher Roberts.
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, who included Stephen Coniglio and Rory Lobb for Jeremy Cameron (suspension) and Dylan Addison.
Richmond have confirmed Dan Jackson (hip), Shaun Grigg (hamstring), Dylan Grimes (toe) and Reece Conca (groin) will miss Sunday’s game against North Melbourne.