Collingwood count on Josh Daicos to play in opposition to Melbourne regardless of the star midfielder battling sickness within the build-up to the King’s Birthday blockbuster.
Daicos was named within the squad alongside brother Nick, after the pair and well-known father Peter pulled out of a non-public operate they had been as a result of seem at on Saturday evening.
Josh Daicos didn’t prepare that morning due to his sickness, although Nick accomplished the session along with his teammates.
A number of different Magpies have handled various levels of sickness in latest weeks.
“We have had a little bit of a virus. I feel it is perhaps this time of yr,” coach Craig McRae mentioned final week.
“I bought it final week and it is simply going by way of the place however we’re very strict in your capacity to come back in (to the membership) with something.
“We’re fairly strict on our protocols proper now … we have simply bought to be diligent.”
Collingwood (11-1) need to transfer a sport clear on prime of the ladder with a ninth straight win and made only one change to their chosen aspect to face third-placed Melbourne (8-4).
Laborious-running Patrick Lipinski will play his first sport of the season after recovering from shoulder surgical procedure, changing suspended star Jordan De Goey.
Magpies forwards Will Hoskin-Elliott and Beau McCreery had been additionally chosen regardless of lingering issues over ankle accidents sustained throughout the last-start defeat of West Coast.
Dan McStay (finger) and Jame Elliott (shoulder) had been declared match to return from accidents by McRae final week however didn’t make the lower.
Melbourne additionally made only one change, recalling defender Michael Hibberd instead of premiership teammate Jake Bowey (concussion).
Hibberd missed the win Demons’ win over Carlton in spherical 12 due to soreness.
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