Collingwood defender Ben Reid says team-mate Chris Dawes is 'shattered' after being dumped from the side that will play Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night.
The Magpies finish the regular season with a clash against their old rivals, with a place in the top four which would give them a double chance in the finals up for grabs if they win and Hawthorn defeat West Coast.
Dawes, who has kicked just 14 goals in 2012, will not be involved though, after coach Nathan Buckley lost patience with the out-of-form forward and dropped him on Thursday evening.
And with the season over for Collingwood's VFL side, winning a spot back in the senior team will not be easy for the out-of-favour forward.
"He is obviously shattered that he is out of the side," Reid told reporters before Friday's training session.
"He is obviously not happy with his form. He'll train as hard as he can for the next week and try and get himself back in the senior side.
"I think David Buttifant (club sports science director) and the fitness staff we have got here (will) put him on a pretty good program to I suppose, really work him over. A game-like scenario as much (as) possible.
"You can't get the game-style stuff at training but we (will) try and get as close to that as possible for him."
After successive losses to North Melbourne and West Coast, Buckley axed Dawes, Cameron Wood, Ben Sinclair and Paul Seedsman while Jarryd Blair will miss with a groin injury.
Essendon have also rung the changes for a match that Reid sees as vitally important as the 'Pies look to build some momentum heading into the finals.
"It's really, really crucial," he said.
"Obviously our last two weeks haven't been good enough and we have got to turn it around this week and play our sort of footy and really get some confidence going into the first week of finals."
Andrew Krakouer is one of Collingwood's five inclusions, with the former Tiger to play his first AFL match since undergoing a knee reconstruction in the pre-season.
And Reid said the playing group took motivation from Krakouer's determination to make a successful comeback.
"All the boys have seen the hard work that he has done. It's great. He has played three or four games now in the VFL and I think every week he has been in the best. He is ready to go and hopefully he lights it up tomorrow night."
Reid was also quizzed about the club's former coach, Mick Malthouse, who is likely to take the reins at Carlton following Brett Ratten's sacking on Thursday.
The defender described Malthouse as a 'great coach' but preferred to focus on Saturday's match, a fixture that could define Collingwood's season.