Ciaran Byrne will make his long-awaited return from injury when Carlton face the undefeated Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium.  

The Irishman was upgraded from the club's rookie list in 2015 and made his debut in Round 3 of the same year but suffered a hamstring injury which hampered the rest of his season. 

Dylan Buckley and Mark Whiley have also been named in the side, while Andrejs Everitt (injured), Simon White (omitted) and Jed Lamb (injured) will be sidelined.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast has made one change, bolstering its midfield with the return of former Eagle Matt Rosa.

Rosa comes in for first-round draft pick Callum Ah Chee (illness).

Carlton's team to take on Gold Coast:

Backs6. Kade Simpson40. Michael Jamison23. Jacob Weitering
Half-backs39. Dale Thomas17. Sam Rowe42. Zach Tuohy
Centreline15. Sam Docherty4. Bryce Gibbs46. Matthew Wright
Half-forwards32. Nick Graham41. Levi Casboult30. Charlie Curnow
Forwards11. Sam Kerridge34. Andrew Phillips12. Blaine Boekhorst
Followers8. Matthew Kreuzer9. Patrick Cripps3. Marc Murphy (C)
Interchange38. Ciaran Byrne7. Dylan Buckley24. Mark Whiley
 35. Ed Curnow  
Emergencies28. David Cuningham43. Simon White22. Jason Tutt

In: Buckley, Whiley, Byrne

Out: Everitt (injured), White (omitted), Lamb (injured)

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