A number of players are in the running to be elevated to the AFL team for Friday night's clash with Essendon at the MCG.

There will be at least one change to the line-up that was defeated by Greater Western Sydney, with Jeremy Howe sidelined by a knee injury.

READ: Howe to undergo surgery on injured knee

READ: Development coach Hayden Skipworth reviews the reserves scratch match against the Western Bulldogs

Adam Treloar
Emerged unscathed after playing his second reserves scratch match. Looks a big chance to return to the AFL side this week.

Josh Thomas
Was the carryover emergency for the trip to Sydney to play the Giants, which meant he missed the reserves game against the Bulldogs on Friday morning. Played very well in the previous reserves scratch match, so he remains right on the cusp of AFL selection.

Jack Madgen
The most obvious replacement for the injured Jeremy Howe. Played well in the reserves game against the Bulldogs. Spent most of his time down back but also tested himself in the midfield for a quarter.

Darcy Cameron
Returned to the reserves after being replaced in the AFL team by Mason Cox. Did his chances of a recall no hard by winning plenty of the ball, although he wasted a few opportunities to have an impact on the scoreboard.

Brayden Sier
Has been in excellent form in the reserves games, racking up some great numbers around the stoppages, but is finding it tough to break into the Pies' strong midfield. Is in a position to make an impact at the highest level as soon as he's called upon.

Mark Keane
Another contender to replace Jeremy Howe. The big Irishman climbed up the pecking order during the pre-season and hasn't put a foot wrong since returning to the club following the coronavirus shutdown.

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