Cats superstars missing through injury ahead of the crucial game.
Geelong will be without Jimmy Bartel and Steve Johnson when they confront Carlton on Friday night in their AFL clash.
Bartel (corked thigh) and Johnson (foot), who collected the Brownlow and Norm Smith medals respectively in 2007, will miss the Docklands clash.
The Blues named an unchanged side, while Billie Smedts and Jed Bews replaced the Cats’ triple-premiership stars.
Essendon’s Jobe Watson and Michael Hibberd, Collingwood veteran on-ballers Dane Swan and Luke Ball and North Melbourne star Daniel Wells headlined the notable inclusions for round 21.
Wells has not played since round five due to a foot injury, but is in the Kangaroos’ extended squad for Sunday’s match against the Western Bulldogs.
Port Adelaide’s Matt White will also return for Saturday’s game against Gold Coast, having missed two matches due to a groin injury.
Hawthorn named Brian Lake and Jack Gunston in their 25-man squad for Sunday’s grand final rematch with Fremantle in Perth.
Lake has served a four-match suspension for choking Drew Petrie, while Gunston is in line to make a shock return.
The sharpshooter was expected to miss two or three matches with a knee injury suffered in round 19, but could be back after only sitting out the Hawks’ last-start 50-point win over Melbourne.
Sydney will tackle St Kilda without Ben McGlynn (calf) and Rhyce Shaw (ankle), the pair unable to prove their fitness after a bruising clash with Port Adelaide.
Swans coach John Longmire promoted Shane Biggs and Dean Towers for Saturday’s game at the SCG.