Essendon has potentially received a massive boost ahead of its Anzac Day blockbuster with the inclusions of star players Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer to an extended squad.
Both were named in the 26-man squad ahead of Monday’s game, with the final 22 to be named on Saturday.
Stringer could play after missing two weeks with a hamstring strain, while Merrett is poised to make an incredible return after missing just three games from a syndesmosis injury.
Kaine Baldwin is also in line for a recall, following a five-goal performance in Essendon’s VFL loss to Port Melbourne on Sunday.
The powerful forward has been named on an extended bench alongside Nick Bryan , who could play his first AFL game of the season and second overall after a strong fortnight in the VFL.
Ruckman Andrew Phillips is the only confirmed omission at this stage after suffering a hamstring strain in last week’s clash with Fremantle.
The Bombers and Magpies will contest the 27th edition of the Anzac Day blockbuster from 3:20pm on Monday. Click here for a match-day guide and purchase your ticket here (be quick, tickets are limited).
Should be excited by this but am just worried.
Hope the bench is Bryan, Baldwin, Waterman & Perkins with Cutler the sub
Shiel & Smith can have a run in the VFL or maybe one gets held over as a late emergency