Brisbane Lions defender Sam Mayes has overcome a minor foot injury in time for Saturday’s highly-anticipated QClash at the Gabba.
Mayes has been named in Chris Fagan’s 22-man side to take on the Gold Coast SUNS, with his rebound impact off halfback a huge boost for the side.
In further good news, Cedric Cox has recovered from a minor ankle injury in time to play.
Michael Close has earned his Senior spot back, after an impressive performance in the NEAFL last weekend against the Swans.
Close kicked three goals and was a dominant presence in the forward line.
Young defender Alex Witherden will not play, after not recovering in time from a hamstring injury sustained in the Round 20 loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Saturday’s match with the SUNS marks 100 games for Ryan Lester, who made his debut for the Lions back in Round 1, 2011.
Josh Schache has been omitted from the team.
Ben Keays, Claye Beams and Archie Smith have been named as emergencies.
Bounce down is at 4.35pm AEST on Saturday at the Gabba, with the Lions NEAFL side playing a curtain raiser against the SUNS at 12.45pm.
|B||#25 - Dan McStay||#31 - Harris Andrews||#10 - Daniel Rich|
|HB||#27 - Darcy Gardiner||#14 - Josh Walker||#32 - Sam Mayes|
|C||#6 - Hugh McCluggage||#15 - Dayne Zorko||#4 - Ryan Bastinac|
|HF||#28 - Lewis Taylor||#33 - Michael Close||#13 - Jarrod Berry|
|F||#35 - Ryan Lester||#30 - Eric Hipwood||#43 - Jake Barrett|
|FOL||#12 - Stefan Martin||#38 - Tom Rockliff||#9 - Dayne Beams|
|INT||#18 - Nicholas Robertson||#20 - Cedric Cox||#36 - Rhys Mathieson|
|#37 - Jacob Allison|
|E||#1 - Ben Keays||#17 - Claye Beams||#44 - Archie Smith|
IN: Michael Close, Sam Mayes
OUT: Alex Witherden (hamstring), Josh Schache (omitted).