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Team selection: Blues add speed

Team Selection | Round 20 Grace Phillips brings you all the team selection news ahead of our Round 20 clash against Essendon.

Carlton has been forced to make four changes to its line-up for Saturday's clash with arch-rival Essendon.

Simon White (knee), David Cuningham (ankle) and Harry McKay (turf toe) were casualties from the loss to Geelong, while young defender Tom Williamson also exits the side after succumbing to illness.

They've been replaced by speedsters Dennis Armfield, Billie Smedts, Blaine Boekhorst and Jarrod Pickett, who were key contributors in the Northern Blues' five-point win over Geelong on Saturday.

Armfield features in the senior team for the first time since Round 2, while Pickett will play his seventh AFL match.

Essendon has made three changes, welcoming back Patrick Ambrose, Ben Howlett and Josh Green at the expense of Jayden Laverde (omitted), Josh Kelly (rested) and No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath (rested).

The Blues will be searching for their second win over Essendon in a home-and-away season for the first time since 2001, having defeated the Bombers by 15 points in Round 3.

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Backs 6. Kade Simpson 14. Liam Jones 23. Jacob Weitering
Half-backs 1. Jack Silvagni 22. Caleb Marchbank 20. Lachie Plowman
Centreline 11. Sam Kerridge 4. Bryce Gibbs 39. Dale Thomas
Half-forwards 13. Jed Lamb 41. Levi Casboult 25. Zac Fisher
Forwards 46. Matthew Wright 30. Charlie Curnow 5. Sam Petrevski-Seton
Followers 8. Matthew Kreuzer 15. Sam Docherty 3. Marc Murphy (C)
Interchange 27. Dennis Armfield 12. Blaine Boekhorst 33. Jarrod Pickett
  16. Billie Smedts    
Emergencies 18. Kristian Jaksch 24. Rhys Palmer 21. Ciaran Sheehan

In: Armfield, Smedts, Boekhorst, Pickett

Out: White (knee), Cuningham (ankle), Williamson (illness), McKay (toe)