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Melbourne in the mix: Round 17

Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos
Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos

Get them in: On return from injury, both Jake Lever and Neville Jetta came through unscathed in the VFL. Draftee James Jordon collected 26 disposals in the VFL and key defender Oscar McDonald had 17.

Under the pump: In his debut, Kyle Dunkley had 11 disposals in the win over Carlton but would be unlucky to be dropped after one game.

Medical room: There are issues at both ends of the ground. Tom McDonald's season is likely done after knee surgery, Marty Hore suffered a broken collarbone against the Blues and Harrison Petty was concussed. Gun ruckman Max Gawn should be back if he overcomes his left ankle sprain. 

Verdict: Gawn, Lever and Jetta to replace McDonald, Petty and Hore. Despite Gawn's presence, Braydon Preuss keeps his spot and spends more time forward in Tom McDonald's absence. If Petty isn't declared fit, Oscar McDonald comes in.