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The return of Western Bulldogs forward Josh Bruce to the AFL has hit, with the 30-year-old facing a hamstring strain in training this week.

The Dogs revealed the complaint of the hind thigh hind leg on Thursday, which will delay Bruce ending his absence from the senior team and playing his first AFL match since August last year.

“Josh suffered a low back sprain in the main session yesterday,” fitness coach Chris Bell told the club’s website.

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“Having been in detox for a long time, we do not want to take risks and he will not play this weekend.

“We will evaluate Josh for next week.”

Otherwise, the Gold Coast Suns will be without striker Joel Jeffrey for the rest of the season, with the 20-year-old undergoing surgery on the side mini on his right knee.

Jeffrey suffered the injury late in Sunday’s victory over Adelaide, but coach Stuart Dewey and the club initially thought it was a minor injury.

“It’s really sad, Joel added something to our side and he was comfortable on the level,” Dew said Thursday.

“It’s something that surprised us, as it was not very painful (after the game)… but when he came in on Monday my heart sank a little because I was just frustrated with him because he did a lot of work to get where he is.

“You just want your youngsters to play.”

Brisbane was forced to make three crucial changes for the match at the top of the table on Thursday night against Melbourne.

The Lions were already expected to be without Darcy Gardiner (lung) and leader Dayne Zorko (hamstring), but young superstar Zac Bailey will also miss the Health and Safety protocols.

Jimmy Tunstill will make his AFL debut for Chris Fagan’s team after being named on the bench. He was selected with 41 in the national draft of 2021 and becomes the second in the draft category to make his Brisbane debut this season, after Kay Lohmann.

Jack Payne and Thomas Berry are on the sidelines, for their fourth and second games of the season respectively (except for an unused minor appearance for Berry).

Melbourne have recovered superstar defender Steven May after he was suspended from the club for an off-field episode with teammate Jake Melksham.

Sam Weideman regains his place in the attacking line against Mitch Brown, who is missed, with Toby Bedford also back on the sidelines. Daniel Turner (face) and Max Gown (ankle) will be missing along with Cade Chandler, who is leaving the team after being a minor on the Queen’s birthday.

The teams for the remaining matches of the 15th round will be announced on Thursday at 18:20 AEST.

Steven May is preparing to return from suspension 01:05

AFL ROUND 15 PRODUCTION AND TEAMS (All AEST times)

MELBOURNE – BRISBEN LIONS

Thursday, June 23, 7:20 pm at MCG

DEMONS

B: J.Harmes, H.Petty, S.May

HB: J.Jordon, J.Lever, C.Salem

C: A.Brayshaw, C.Petracca, E.Langdon

HF: B.Brown, B.Fritsch, T.Sparrow

F: A.Neal-Bullen, S.Weideman, C.Spargo

FOLL: L.Jackson, C.Oliver, J.Viney

I / C: T.Bedford, M.Hibberd, J.Bowey, K.Pickett

EMG: A.Tomlinson, L.Dunstan, M.Brown, J.Hunt

IN: S.May, S.Weideman, T.Bedford

EXCEPT: M.Brown (omitted), D.Turner, M.Gawn (both injured), K.Chandler (sub)

LIONS

B: J.Payne, H.Andrews, M.Adams

HB: B.Starcevich, D.Rich, N.Answerth

C: J.Berry, T.Berry, H.McCluggage

HF: C.Rayner, E.Hipwood, L.McCarthy

F: D.McStay, J.Daniher, C.Cameron

FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale

I / C: D.Robertson, M.Robinson, K.Coleman, J.Tunstill

EMG: C.Ah Chee, J.Madden, D.Fort, R.Lester

IN: J.Payne, T.Berry, J.Tunstill

EXCEPT: D.Gardiner, D.Zorko (both injured), D.Fort (sub), Z.Bailey (HS Protocol)

WESTERN BULLDOGES v HOTHORN

Friday, June 24, 19:00 at Marvel Stadium

BULDOG

TBA Thursday afternoon

ΓΕΡΑΚΙΑ

TBA Thursday afternoon

WEST COAST EAGLES – ESSENDON

Friday, June 24, 20:40 at Optus Stadium

EAGLES

TBA Thursday afternoon

BOMBERS

TBA Thursday afternoon

CARLTON v. FREMANTL

Saturday, June 25, 13:45 at Marvel Stadium

BLUES

TBA Thursday afternoon

LIMBANES

TBA Thursday afternoon

GEELONG CATS vs. RICHMOND

Saturday, June 25, 4:35 pm at MCG

cats

TBA Thursday afternoon

TIGERS

TBA Thursday afternoon

SYDNEY SWANS – ST KILDA

Saturday, June 25, 7:25 PM at SCG

SWANTS

TBA Thursday afternoon

SAINTS

TBA Thursday afternoon

NORTH MELBOURNE – AROLAIDA CROWS

Sunday, June 26, 1:10 p.m. at the Blundstone Arena

KANGARO

TBA Thursday afternoon

CROWS

TBA Thursday afternoon

COLLINGWOOD – GWS GIANTS

Sunday, June 26, 15:20 at MCG

ΚΑΡΚΟΥΣΕΣ

TBA Thursday afternoon

Giants

TBA Thursday afternoon

PORT Adelaide – GOLD COST SUNS

Sunday, June 26, 4:10 pm at the Adelaide Oval

POWER

TBA Thursday afternoon

ΗΛΙΟΥΣ

TBA Thursday afternoon

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