Star midfielder Patrick Cripps will represent Carlton for the first time this year after he was named in the 29-man squad to face St Kilda at Ikon Park this afternoon.
Cripps, 21, had dealt with a stress reaction in his lower back that kept him out of training but he returned to the main group in recent weeks.
However, Cripps will be without many of his experienced teammates, with captain Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty, Jack Silvagni and Matthew Kreuzer all left out.
As the Saints flagged, they will field a much younger squad, with Blake Acres headlining the list of inclusions after he was surprisingly left out versus Port Adelaide last Thursday.
Former skipper Nick Riewoldt, as well as new captain Jarryn Geary, will miss, along with Maverick Weller, Sam Gilbert, Tom Hickey, Dylan Roberton and Leigh Montagna, who has been sidelined with a calf strain.
The club’s first selection last year, Ben Long, will make his Saints debut, while Josh Battle has also received a chance to show the form that saw him kick five goals in an intraclub match a fortnight ago.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Carlton v St Kilda, Ikon Park, 2.05pm AEDT
7. Dylan Buckley, 9. Patrick Cripps, 10. Harry McKay, 11. Sam Kerridge, 12. Blaine Boekhorst, 13. Jed Lamb, 14. Liam Jones, 16. Billie Smedts, 17. Sam Rowe, 18. Kristian Jaksch, 19. Liam Sumner, 20. Lachie Plowman, 22. Caleb Marchbank, 23. Jacob Weitering, 24. Rhys Palmer, 25. Zac Fisher, 26. Harrison Macreadie, 27. Dennis Armfield, 28. David Cuningham, 29. Cameron Polson, 30. Charlie Curnow, 31. Tom Williamson, 32. Nick Graham, 33. Jarrod Pickett, 35. Ed Curnow, 39. Dale Thomas, 42. Kym LeBois, 43. Simon White, 48. Matthew Korcheck
Notable absentees: Jack Silvagni, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Kade Simpson, Matthew Kreuzer, Sam Docherty
2. Jake Carlisle, 3. Jack Steven, 4. Jade Gresham, 5. Shane Savage, 6. Seb Ross, 7. Luke Dunstan, 8. Blake Acres, 9. Jack Steele, 13. Jack Lonie, 15. Jack Billings, 16. Jack Newnes, 18. Billy Longer, 20. David Armitage, 21. Ben Long, 22. Nathan Brown, 24. Sean Dempster, 25. Koby Stevens, 26. Josh Battle, 27. Josh Bruce, 28. Tim Membrey, 29. Jimmy Webster, 32. Paddy McCartin, 33. Nick O’Kearney, 34. Nathan Wright, 35. Jack Sinclair, 36. Daniel McKenzie, 37. Bailey Rice, 41. Darren Minchington, 43. Rowan Marshall
Notable absentees: Leigh Montagna, Tom Hickey, Mav Weller, Sam Gilbert, Dylan Roberton, Jarryn Geary, Nick Riewoldt
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