IN-FORM ruckman Ben McEvoy will make a welcome return for Hawthorn on Friday night, confirmed as a starter to face Essendon at Marvel Stadium.
Both teams will enter the round 13 clash unchanged from their selected sides.
McEvoy, one of three Hawks inclusions, enjoyed an outstanding beginning to the season before suffering a right ankle injury against Richmond a month ago.
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The club's football boss Graham Wright tipped the 29-year-old to be out for between four and six weeks at the time, and as recently as Tuesday night he was expected to miss one more match.
Joining McEvoy in returning are Dylan Moore and Kaiden Brand, with Chad Wingard (hamstring) and omitted pair Marc Pittonet and Mitch Lewis making way.
Dylan Shiel, Orazio Fantasia and Jake Stringer will significantly bolster the Bombers, who dropped Aaron Francis, Ben McNiece and Mark Baguley.
Essendon v Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
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Essendon: Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Mason Redman, Matt Guelfi
Hawthorn: Conor Glass, Kaiden Brand, Dylan Moore, James Cousins