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Selection: Wills and Mayne get call up

Chris Mayne's named in the Collingwood line-up after making a remarkable recovery from a back injury - Collingwood Magpies
Chris Mayne's named in the Collingwood line-up after making a remarkable recovery from a back injury

Collingwood welcomes back Rupert Wills for his first game in 657 days and Chris Mayne for round eight against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

The persistence shown by Wills is exceptional, playing his last senior game in round 18, 2017. Collingwood coach, Nathan Buckley, has been impressed with the inside midfielder’s VFL efforts and is an ideal fit to suit the midfield dynamics.

"He's probably the best-performed of our mids in the VFL and has been around the mark for a couple of weeks now, so that would probably be the first port of call," Buckley said.

"Getting that balance right between insiders and outsiders is crucial as well so that's in our consideration."

The 25-year-old deservingly gains a senior berth after displaying consistent form in the VFL, accumulating 120 disposals across four games this season.

Wills comes in to the side for Taylor Adams, who sustained a groin injury against Port Adelaide.

Mayne has made a phenomenal recovery since fractured a bone in his back in round four against the Western Bulldogs.

The 30-year-old has spent the last month on the sidelines, however he proved his fitness at the Holden Centre on Thursday morning.

Mayne will replace Dayne Beams, who is managing a sore hip.

The first bounce is set for 1.45pm, with the MCG expected to attract 70,000 fans.

Travis Varcoe, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Crocker and Max Lynch have been named as emergencies.

James Aish was unavailable for selection (concussion).

CARLTON v COLLINGWOOD
AFL Round 8
Saturday, May 11
MCG, 1.45pm AEST
In: Wills, Mayne
Out: Adams (groin), Beams (hip)

Emerg: Travis Varcoe, Isaac Quaynor, Ben Crocker, Max Lynch