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In the Mix: Round 12

Travis King, Michael Whiting AFL.com.au  June 6, 2017 3:38 PM

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This week, AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting predicts Tom Rockliff will be back for Saturday's match against Fremantle

After missing the past two matches with a dislocated shoulder, vice-captain Tom Rockliff will likely return to play Fremantle at the Gabba on Saturday. Rockliff has been in tremendous form and should line up alongside Dayne Beams for the first time since Round 6, when the Skipper suffered a quad injury.

Claye Beams, Ryan Harwood and Tom Bell could also come into consideration to play the Dockers.

Claye Beams picked up a minor hamstring injury in Round 9 against the Crows but should be back to full fitness now, while Harwood (six goals) and Bell (31 disposals) were impressive in the Lions' NEAFL side's 92-point drubbing of Aspley in Round 9. 

Meanwhile, AFL.com.au's Travis King thinks Aaron Sandilands may be rested from making the trip to Brisbane to look after his troublesome hamstring.

The Dockers could regain Aaron Sandilands (hamstring) for their trip to the Gabba to face the Brisbane Lions in a must-win game but, with the bye next week, the smart longer-term move might be to allow the veteran big man more time to recuperate in Perth.

Young ruckman Sean Darcy has been knocking on the door for an AFL debut and did his chances no harm with 49 hit-outs, six tackles and 12 touches in Peel's narrow loss to Subiaco and he could put pressure on Jon Griffin's spot.

With Ed Langdon (knee) doubtful to face the Lions, Tommy Sheridan kept his name in the selection mix with 29 disposals and 11 marks in a best afield display for the Thunder, while Danyle Pearce (27 possessions, seven inside 50s) and young backman Griffin Logue (15 disposals, one goal) might also be in the frame for recalls.