WHILE the Demons need results to fall their way to make finals in 2020, there’s one game they can control; their own.
Melbourne must defeat the Bombers on Saturday to remain in the hunt, so it will be looking to name the best 22 available to get the job done.
Fresh off a spirited win over the Giants, take a look at some potential inclusions for the clash at Metricon Stadium.
The Dees have three players in the frame to return from injury, with Luke Jackson pushing to play his first game since Round 11.
Jackson has been sidelined with a serious hamstring injury, but he trained fully on Wednesday and could return to provide some flexibility up forward for his side.
James Harmes has missed the last two games with hamstring tightness, but is expected to be available, if he gets through training on Friday.
The 24-year-old has the ability to play just about anywhere on the field, so if the Demons are looking to fill a hole, Harmes will come into consideration.
After missing last weekend’s game with ankle soreness, Michael Hibberd is a chance to face his former side in Round 18.
If the defender can pass a fitness test on Friday, expect him to slot straight back into the 22.
Tom Sparrow was declared fit last week after making a swift recovery from his broken collarbone.
In just his second season, he probably isn’t a walk-up starter for the Dees, but he certainly has a lot to offer as a contested midfielder.
Marty Hore is another one who is back from injury, having been sidelined for the majority of the season with a quad injury.
He hasn’t played senior footy since the last game of 2019, but he’s an exciting intercept defender who would be good to see at AFL level once again.