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Michael Whiting, Marc McGowan, AFL.com.au  August 22, 2017 12:32 PM

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AFL.com.au's Michael Whiting doesn't expect the Brisbane Lions to make many changes for the final round of the season.

With the team in such good form over recent weeks, it's hard to see too many changes for the wooden spoon battle against North Melbourne on Saturday.

Impressive first-year midfielder Jarrod Berry has a nagging foot problem that has kept him out the past two weeks the Club is hoping he might be able to overcome.

If Berry does return, it will be hard for Chris Fagan to find someone to omit. Claye Beams appears the most likely, but he has been solid the past two weeks.

Injuries could force a reshuffle for the North Melbourne Kangaroos. AFL.com.au's Marc McGowan investigates. 

It's anyone's guess who makes the Roos' 22 for the all-important clash with the Brisbane Lions, with a mounting injury list and all sorts of 50-50 scenarios. 

Jarrad Waite (calf) should go close to playing his 11th game of the year after missing the past three rounds. But it seems unlikely North would risk Mason Wood (calf) or Corey Wagner (ankle), who haven't played since rounds 15 and 17, respectively.

There is also varied doubts about Aaron Mullett (calf), Todd Goldstein (scratched eyeball/knee), Jack Ziebell (foot), Dan Nielson (concussion), Braydon Preuss (shoulder), Cam Zurhaar (back) and first-year draftees Nick Larkey and Josh Williams.

Any opportunities that open may go to second-year swingman Ben McKay – who is yet to make his debut, but has impressed in the VFL – and midfielder Jed Anderson.

Could veterans Lachie Hansen and Lindsay Thomas get a look in? Coach Brad Scott said last week he was not considering handing out farewell games. 

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