Final AFL Changes- Round 2

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Updated: April 17, 2015
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GEELONG has made the heartwarming call to select Jackson Thurlow for Sunday’s game against the Gold Coast at Simonds Stadium.

The 21-year-old will make his return to the AFL after suffering a lacerated kidney during pre-season training in December.

The Cats have also confirmed the return of Jimmy Bartel and Steven Motlop to the side.

Bartel is back from the concussion he sustained during the Cats’ Round 1 loss to Hawthorn,while Motlop returns following a one-week club imposed suspension.

Jordan Murdoch is the other inclusion for the Cats.

Andrew Mackie will miss with a quad injury and Billy Smedts misses through suspension. George Horlin-Smith and Dawson Simpson are the other outs.

Gary Ablett will be a notable absentee for Sunday’s clash against his former team due to problems with the shoulder that he injured in Round 16 of last year.

Injured trio Jarrod Harbrow (shoulder), Greg Broughton (achilles) and Mitch Hallahan (ribs) will miss the game along with the suspended Alex Sexton.

Brendan Matera, Daniel Gorringe, Matt Shaw, Aaron Hall and Trent McKenzie  have all come into the side.

Hawthorn will welcome back Brendan Whitecross  to the side for the first time since the 2013 preliminary final against Geelong in the clash with the Western Bulldogs at Aurora Stadium.

Premiership stars Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson are among the inclusions after being late withdrawals from last week’s upset loss to Essendon.

James Frawley has been sidelined with a pectoral muscle injury, while James Sicily and Jonathan O’Rourke have both been omitted.

Lukas Webb will make his debut for the Dogs after Easton Wood was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

West Coast has made two changes to their side for Sunday’s Derby against Fremantle.

Josh Hill and Sam Butler come into the side in place of the injured Scott Tunbridge (ankle) and Jamie Bennell.

Hayden Crozier comes into the Dockers side. He replaces suspended forward Hayden Ballantyne.

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