LIAM Stocker and Lewis Young are back for the Blues.

Carlton has called in the duo of defensive reinforcements for its Sir Doug Nicholls Round opener against Sydney.

After missing two weeks due to a combination of suspension and injury, Stocker returns to the fold to replace Zac Williams, who sustained a high-grade calf strain last week. 

He is joined in the line-up by Young, who missed the win over Greater Western Sydney due to AFL Health and Safety Protocols. 

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Brodie Kemp has been omitted, while Jack Newnes has been managed.

The wingman was unable to complete today’s training session due to soreness and has been ruled out of tomorrow night’s game. 

After impressing last weekend when he was called upon early as medical sub, Matthew Cottrell has been elevated to the starting 22 for tomorrow night’s game. 

Jesse Motlop will reprise his role in Carlton’s 22 for his first Sir Doug Nicholls Round, while it’ll be a big night for George Hewett and Nic Newman against their former side.

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It’ll be Hewett’s first game against the Swans since joining the Blues as a free agent after 120 games in red and white.

Kemp has been named as an emergency alongside Jordan Boyd, Paddy Dow and Will Setterfield, with the team’s medical sub to be announced an hour before tomorrow night’s bounce.

It’s the youngest team the Blues have named this season, with nine players aged 22-and-under and the same amount of players with less than 50 games.

The Round 10 contest begins at 7:50pm, with pre-match entertainment - which you can find out about here - beginning from 7:20pm.

Round 10 team v Sydney

Backs:

Lewis Young

Jacob Weitering

Liam Stocker

Half-backs:

Nic Newman

Lachie Plowman

Adam Saad

Centreline:

Lochie O'Brien

Patrick Cripps

Sam Walsh

Half-forwards:

Jesse Motlop

Charlie Curnow

Corey Durdin

Forwards:

Matthew Owies

Jack Silvagni

Zac Fisher

Followers:

Tom De Koning

Matthew Kennedy

George Hewett

Interchange:

Jack Carroll

Adam Cerra

Matthew Cottrell

 

Sam Docherty

   

Emergencies:

Jordan Boyd

Paddy Dow

Brodie Kemp

 

Will Setterfield

 

 

 

In: Liam Stocker, Lewis Young
Out: Zac Williams (calf), Jack Newnes (managed), Brodie Kemp

After being medical sub last weekend, Matthew Cottrell has been elevated into the 22.