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Essendon make three changes for MCG clash

  • Essendon make three changes for MCG clash

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Ryan Crowley of the Bombers handballs during the round two AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 2, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Essendon have made three changes for Sunday's AFL match against Carlton, with premiership player Craig Bird and Mark Baguley an enforced omission.

Bird, who played in the 2012 and 2014 grand finals with Sydney, suffered a quad injury on Anzac Day.

Conor McKenna was left out after the side's 69-point loss to Collingwood.

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Top-up players James Polkinghorne, Ryan Crowley and Jonathan Simpkin were called up for the MCG match.

West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett will return from a one-game suspension on Sunday, when his side hosts Collingwood in Perth.

Lycett was promoted at the expense of Fraser McInnes.

The Magpies called on Tom Langdon, Tim Broomhead and Ben Sinclair to replace Taylor Adams (knee), Travis Varcoe (hamstring) and James Aish (omitted).

Meanwhile, Sydney defender Aliir Aliir and Brisbane's Ben Keays will both make their AFL debut at the Gabba on Sunday.

"We just want him to play to his strengths, just like he's done in our reserves," Swans coach John Longmire said of Aliir, who was was born in a Kenyan refugee camp to Sudanese parents.

"He's got a job this week, not only to fit into our back six accordingly but to make sure he competes hard."

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