AFL Team Lists Preliminary Finals: Chopping Block – Harry McKay, Brisbane veteran cause headaches

With a spot in the AFL Grand Final on the line, all four teams will need to get selection right this week. 

Collingwood will welcome a superstar back into its lineup, while GWS will be hoping a key piece of their premiership puzzle is ready to go. 

More movement is expected in the Brisbane and Carlton camps, where big Blue Harry McKay is one of several forwards expected to return from injury. 

The Sporting News has all the latest AFL team selection news.

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Collingwood vs GWS teams –  First Preliminary Final

One unlucky player will need to make way for the return of superstar Nick Daicos, who is set to play his first game since Round 21 against Hawthorn. 

Through no fault of his own, that player appears to be Taylor Adams, who is set to miss with a hamstring complaint.

Magpies defender Oleg Markov was quiet (13 disposals) but efficient in the backline and should hold his spot over a heartbroken John Noble

Another exclusion could be midfielder Pat Lipinski, who played a lesser role in the side’s qualifying win over Melbourne. 

GWS has a healthy list heading into the massive clash, with ruckman Kieren Briggs (shoulder) the only player under injury concern. 

Scans have cleared the 23-year-old of any damage, which means he is likely to play. And, considering Briggs’ importance to the team, the Giants will take the risk.

Brisbane vs Carlton teams – Second Qualifying Final

Defender Jack Payne has been on light duties this week after picking up an ankle injury in the Lions’ win over Port Adelaide. 

Payne didn’t train at all last week, but Brisbane is hoping the 23-year-old can get fit before the preliminary final. If not, veteran Darcy Gardiner is ready to take his place. 

Lions forward Jack Gunston should be available after a knee strain kept him out for five weeks, but he’ll need to break into an in-form attack. 

Lincoln McCarthy (one goal) could be the omission, while youngster Jaspa Fletcher will be hard to drop after kicking three majors in the qualifying final. 

Carlton has plenty to think about with Harry McKay (concussion) and Jack Martin (suspension) both available. 

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Forward Matthew Owies (one goal) was quiet against Melbourne, while midfielder Matthew Kennedy is in an awkward spot after playing in attack last week. 

David Cuningham was substituted out of the semi-final against Melbourne and is another forward who could make way for McKay and Martin. 

Third tall option Jack Silvagni is also available to the Blues if they look to go for a taller attacking mix. 

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