Buddy, Roughead in for Swans-Hawks in AFL

Sydney have named Lance Franklin for Saturday’s blockbuster AFL clash with Hawthorn, who will welcome back skipper Jarryd Roughead.
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Roughead returns after missing the past two games with an ankle issue but the Hawks will be without key defender James Frawley (back).

Ricky Henderson and David Mirra are the other inclusions with Marc Pittonet and Conor Glass omitted.

Franklin remains in some doubt, having been on restricted duties at Sydney’s final training session of the week.

The Swans have indicated they will give Franklin until game day to show he has overcome a groin injury.

Franklin warmed up away from the Swans’ main group at the SCG on Thursday, although that has been a regular occurrence throughout a season in which the superstar has nursed a heel injury.

The gun forward, who has been inspirational in the Swans’ late-season resurgence, suffered the minor setback during the final quarter of his team’s derby victory.

Heath Grundy is the only inclusion for the Swans, replacing Robbie Fox (omitted).

The veteran backman has been sidelined for the past month while battling mental health issues but returned at reserves level last week.

A top-four finish is on the line for the winner at the SCG.

GWS will welcome back star midfielder Josh Kelly for the other game of the round contender against Melbourne on Sunday.

Zac Williams has also been named in the Giants’ extended squad and could play his first game since rupturing his achilles in January, while Ryan Griffen (hamstring) is out.

The Dees look set to field an unchanged side with a home elimination final up for grabs.

Richmond confirmed the return of Dion Prestia alongside fellow big guns Trent Cotchin and David Astbury for Saturday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.

The Dogs will line up without Lin Jong (sternum) and Tory Dickson (hamstring).

Port Adelaide welcome back midfield bull Sam Powell-Pepper among three changes for Friday night’s game against Essendon, while a shoulder issue has sidelined Tom Rockliff.

Matthew Leuenberger and Jayden Laverde are in for the Bombers, replacing injured big man Tom Bellchambers and Matt Dea.

Geelong’s Jed Bews returns for their clash with unchanged Gold Coast while Carlton lost star draftee Paddy Dow for Saturday night’s game against Adelaide.

Collingwood will also line up unchanged against Fremantle, who welcome back Stephen Hill but have lost Michael Walters to injury.

West Coast expect forward Jack Darling to pass a concussion test and line up against Brisbane on Sunday.

Defender Lewis Jetta goes out with a calf injury but Will Schofield was named in the extended squad.

Rising star Alex Witherden is a big out for the Lions.