Giants ruckman Preuss to retain hard edge

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GWS interim coach Mark McVeigh is confident Braydon Preuss won't go into his shell to avoid suspension when the ruckman returns in Sunday's AFL clash with Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Preuss has already been suspended three times this year, with the most recent being for a dangerous tackle on Western Bulldogs ruckman Tim English in round 14.

He copped a one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy during the pre-season, and he received another one-match ban for striking Fremantle midfielder David Mundy in round four.

McVeigh has worked hard in recent weeks to ensure Preuss gets his tackling technique right, and he doesn't fear the 27-year-old will become too timid in the fear of copping another ban.

"I don't think so. We've spoken to him about his tackling and how he needs to finish his tackles," McVeigh said.

"We love the aggression, but you've got to be mindful of the opposition and doing the right thing and within the rules.

"I don't think he'll go too far the other way. As a ruck, you can't afford to do that. He needs to be aggressive in the air and in his follow-up."

Carlton (11-6) need to beat GWS in order to stay within striking distance of the top four.

Depending on other results, the Blues may need to win their remaining five games - against GWS, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Collingwood - in order to secure the double chance.

The Blues have been bolstered by the return of swingman Mitch McGovern, who will help strengthen Carlton's injury-hit defence.

Josh Honey, Lochie O'Brien and Will Setterfield also return, with midfielder George Hewett (back soreness) and Will Hayes (suspension) ruled out.

Jack Newnes and Liam Stocker were dropped.

GWS lost Josh Kelly (concussion) and Connor Idun (broken foot) to injury, while Tom Green and Jesse Hogan are being managed.

Big man Matt Flynn was dropped, with the Giants recalling ruck duo Preuss and Kieren Briggs in his place.

Adam Kennedy, Callum Brown, and Zach Sproule were also recalled.

McVeigh opted to rest Hogan after there were signs his troublesome calves needed a break.

Green was given a rest after a drop in form over the past month.

Carlton coach Michael Voss didn't take any offence to GWS deciding to rest players.

"We've got players that we look at across the season (in regards to) whether we manage them through training or through games," Voss said.

"From time to time it can happen. So it's very hard for me to read what an opposition's goals are."

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