Chris Yarran dumped for Blues’ crunch AFL game against Hawthorn.
Carlton Blues coach Mick Malthouse has set a strong precedent for the rest of the AFL season after dumping Chris Yarran for his poor attitude last round against Essendon.
Yarran, who had been starting much of the season before their game with the Bombers and an integral part of the explosive small forward line for the side, was handed the red subs vest before the clash.
Yarran showed poor body language and failed to get involved with the game when he was eventually brought off the bench, as the Blues gave up a sizable 31-point lead to lose by five.
Malthouse said it was a game the side should not have lost as their record this season fell to 6-5, and their place inside the top eight became more precarious.
Yarran apologised for the way he behaved at Etihad Stadium last weekend but Malthouse has taken the hard-line stance and dropped the speedster for the side;s mist-win game against Hawthorn.
“There’s a chance of the side being changed considerably,” Malthouse said earlier in the week.
“We lost a game we shouldn’t have, so we’ll have a look at that side to see if there are players who would be better suited having a run in the reserves.
“Even though the reserves side got beaten, there were four or five boys who did all the things we asked them to do and they’ll come into contention.”
As a result of Yarran being dropped, Andrew Carrazzo has been called into the side while for the Hawks ruckman Max Bailey has been named along with Jack Gunston while Kyle Cheney and Sam Grimley miss out.
In other AFL selection news, Essendon will not have the services of Dustin Fletcher (groin) with Tayte Pears and Jackson Merrett back in the side to play the Gold Coast Suns.
Richmond has been boosted by the return of Brandon Ellis and Reece Conca with Sam Lonergan and Matt Dea to play Adelaide.
The Crows made four changes, losing Jared Petrenko to a shoulder injury and axing Brent Reilly, Sam Kerridge and Brad Crouch.
Collingwood small forward Sam Dwyer has been named in the Magpies 25-man squad including Jamie Elliott and Tim Broomhead.
While the Western Bulldogs will need to replace Tom Williams for the rest of the season after his shoulder injury, but in a boost, they welcome back Matthew Boyd (calf) and former Brownlow medalist Adam Cooney.