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Final team: Five changes, Byrne back

Classic Matches | Western Bulldogs Prepare yourself for the Blues' game this week with a trip down memory lane to a classic Carlton match. This week we look back at Round 3, 1999.

Irishman Ciaran Byrne will make his long-awaited return to senior football after being named in the Blues’ final 22-man side to face the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. 

The 22-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Round 15 last year, overcoming a 12-month rehabilitation process. 

Dylan Buckley will line up for his first senior game in 2017 after being named in the final side, while mature defender Alex Silvagni will also make his return from a knee injury.

Blaine Boekhorst and Nick Graham make up Carlton's five inclusions, while Harrison Macreadie replaces David Cuningham (hip) as a listed emergency. 

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Carlton's team to face the Western Bulldogs:

Backs 38. Ciaran Byrne 14. Liam Jones 20. Lachie Plowman
Half-backs 15. Sam Docherty 23. Jacob Weitering 39. Dale Thomas
Centreline 6. Kade Simpson 4. Bryce Gibbs 13. Jed Lamb
Half-forwards 11. Sam Kerridge 30. Charlie Curnow 46. Matthew Wright
Forwards 5. Sam Petrevski-Seton 41. Levi Casboult 1. Jack Silvagni
Followers 8. Matthew Kreuzer 3. Marc Murphy (C) 25. Zac Fisher
Interchange 7. Dylan Buckley 12. Blaine Boekhorst 32. Nick Graham
  44. Alex Silvagni    
Emergencies 21. Ciaran Sheehan 19. Liam Sumner 26. Harrison Macreadie

In: A.Silvagni, Buckley, Boekhorst, Graham, Byrne

Out: White (knee), Cripps (leg), Cuningham (hip), Sheehan (omitted), Macreadie (omitted)