With four wins in a row and an undefeated NEAFL side, the Lions are in good shape heading into Round 18's clash with North Melbourne back home at the Gabba.

Veteran Luke Hodge had the feet up for a rest last week but is ready to return against North Melbourne.

The NEAFL team had a bye at the weekend.

Classy midfielder Hugh McCluggage (hamstring) and tall forward Eric Hipwood (knee) both have to pass tests but are a chance to play after missing last weekend.

North Melbourne
The Roos recalled Jy Simpkin after just one VFL game when he was demoted, and Luke Davies-Uniacke (31 disposals, 11 tackles) might have a similar experience. 

Sam Durdin and Sam Wright will be eyeing Luke McDonald's defensive spot.

Higgins (AC joint) is pushing hard to return after last playing almost six weeks ago, and late withdrawal Mason Wood (quad) is a strong contender to return.

However, Luke McDonald's season is over because of a fracture near his right ankle, while Nick Larkey again suffered from heart palpitations late in North's loss to Essendon.

Meanwhile, Majak Daw (hips/pelvis) played a half in his second VFL game back, and Tom Wilkinson (ankle) returned.