Adelaide have regained Eddie Betts while Geelong have lost three players including veteran Harry Taylor to injury for Thursday night’s clash at Adelaide Oval.
Brilliant small forward Betts hasn’t played since round 13 because of a hamstring injury, but has been named to take on the Cats. Riley Knight, Rory Atkins and Lachlan Murphy have also been included, while key backman Daniel Talia has been named despite a foot niggle.
Curtly Hampton, Myles Poholke and Darcy Fogarty have been dropped, while Richard Douglas is out with an ankle injury. Alex Keath is among the emergencies and looms as the likely standby for Talia.
Harry Taylor is sidelined
Having beaten Sydney at the SCG last week, the Cats have lost Taylor to soreness, Jordan Murdoch to concussion and youngster Lachie Fogarty to groin soreness.
Daniel Menzel is back for his first game since round five, with Wylie Buzza and Sam Simpson also included.
Ryan Abbott, who is yet to play a senior game, and Jordan Cunico, were both in the Cats’ emergencies and flew to Adelaide with the team on Wednesday.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke said Talia was no certainty.
"We’ll wait a little bit on Daniel," Pyke said on Wednesday.
"Daniel’s still a little bit sore, so we’ve probably got to test him tomorrow and just see how he comes up on a six-day break. It’s just going to be important to use as much time as we can."
With his side two wins and more than 20 per cent outside the top eight, Pyke flagged faster ball movement against the Cats.
"Clearly tomorrow we need to come prepared to take on the opposition," Pyke said.
"I think we’ve seen when we do that, we move the ball a little bit quicker and it gives us the chance to get through and score.
"We’re looking forward to creating some more opportunities tomorrow night."
Geelong midfielder Scott Selwood has endured another injury-interrupted year but has returned to the side recently.
"There were a few weeks where we really brought the heat and it sort of didn’t really look like I had a spot in the side anymore," Selwood said on Wednesday.
"I thought that the team was playing quite well without me but then [you get] injuries and all that sort of stuff.
"You’ve just got to work really hard to get back into the side, which is a great position to be in."
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