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In the Mix: Who's a chance for Round 20?

Michael Whiting, Ryan Davidson, AFL.com.au  August 1, 2017 1:24 PM

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Senior Coach Chris Fagan will have plenty to ponder with his team selection this week. AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting explores the options. 

Dayne Zorko will return from suspension for Saturday's home match against the Western Bulldogs to lead a host of changes for the Lions.

Rested teenagers Eric HipwoodHugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry will also walk back into the team, as will emerging defender Dan McStay, who is expected to completely overcome a shoulder problem.

The biggest problem for coach Chris Fagan will be who to leave out.

Sam Skinner and Jacob Allison had strong debuts against the Eagles, and Fagan indicated they could both keep their spots in the side

Despite solid games, Jarrad Jansen and Michael Close look the likely options to move back to the NEAFL, but who else will join them is anyone's guess. 

According to AFL.com.au's Ryan Davidson, the Bulldogs could also make a few changes. 

With a long injury list, Luke Beveridge doesn't have much in reserve ahead of the clash with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

One decision the coach will have to make is whether Travis Cloke retains his spot with Jack Redpath available after a one-week suspension. Beveridge said last week he could see both key forwards playing in the same side.

Tough midfielder Mitch Honeychurch should be available for selection after being a late withdrawal from the win over Essendon due to illness, but it would be hard to drop his replacement Lukas Webb following his two-goal performance.

Veteran Matthew Boyd could also be considered, but the defender didn't play at any level on the weekend as he was the standby player for the senior side. The 34-year-old is likely to play in the VFL again. First-year ruckman Tim English should be available after being cleared of a facial injury sustained in the VFL.