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Grace Phillips, Carlton Media  March 9, 2017 5:42 PM

AFLW Team Selection | Round 6 Carlton Media's Grace Phillips brings you all the team selection news ahead of our Round 6 clash against Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

Carlton women’s player Nat Exon will be sidelined for the remainder of the AFLW season, after breaking her ankle in the Round 5 victory over the Western Bulldogs last Saturday. 

Senior coach Damien Keeping said it was a disappointing loss for the Blues, however was adamant the Blues would continue to support Exon throughout her recovery.

“Nat’s injury was really disappointing for the Club. She’s progressed through the program, committed to it really well and had a great passion for playing for the jumper,” Keeping said.  

“The break to her ankle will see her start the rehab process straight away. 

“We’ll get the Club’s resources around her and she understands the path that she’s on now and we’ll get her right. I can’t wait to see her back in the navy blue next year."

The injury has opened up a place on the list for top-up player Jordan Ivey, a 21-year-old midfielder from Lake Windouree.

Ivey will come into the side as Carlton’s second top-up player this season, following the inclusion of Tahni Nestor, with Keeping welcoming the exciting new talent. 

AFLW 2017 Rd 05 - Carlton v Western Bulldogs
An injured Nat Exon looks on during the Blues' win against the Bulldogs. (Photo: AFL Media)

“This injury has presented an opportunity for Jordan Ivey to play her first AFLW game,” he said. 

“Jordan comes from Lake Windouree’s local club, where she won the best and fairest recently. She’s a running midfilder with a strong left foot on her and we’ll be thrilled to see Jordan wear the navy blue this season."

Ivey will debut for the Blues in this Friday’s Round 6 clash against Fremantle at Domain Stadium.