Magpies lose trio for Lions danger match

Roger Vaughan

Collingwood are set to regain some big names amid at least three changes for their danger AFL game against Brisbane.

Coach Nathan Buckley was confident after Sunday's loss to Richmond that Brayden Maynard would not miss any games after rolling his ankle.

But he joins Ben Reid (Achilles) and James Aish (knee) on the sidelines for the Gabba clash.

Darcy Moore and Taylor Adams were named in the squad and should return from hamstring injuries.

Alex Fasolo is also pressing for his first senior game this season, while Travis Varcoe and Ben Crocker were rested after the short turnaround from Anzac Day to the Tigers match.

Veteran Luke Hodge leads the potential Lions inclusions and Nick Robertson (suspension) is their only confirmed change so far.

Their extended bench includes Matt Eagles, who won the second season of the The Recruit and is yet to make his AFL debut.

Brisbane elevated Eagles from their category B rookie list to the primary list on Thursday, meaning he is now eligible to play in the AFL.

They put draftee Jack Payne on their long-term injury list because of shin soreness.

Collingwood's Brayden Maynard will be on the sidelines for their AFL clash with Brisbane. Pic: AAP

While the Magpies will start favourites, winless Brisbane have been competitive for most of this season.

Collingwood could also be vulnerable in the wake of the short turnaround between last week's games.

As expected, Melbourne named Christian Petracca in their squad for Sunday's Etihad Stadium game against St Kilda.

He must prove his fitness after missing one game because of finger surgery.

Star forward Jesse Hogan (ankle) is also yet to prove his fitness, while Christian Salem is out because of a thumb injury.

The Saints have left out Blake Acres (managed) and could recall David Armitage.

Michael Walters (knee) is the only confirmed change so far for Fremantle ahead of Sunday's MCG game against Richmond.

All Sunday teams will be confirmed later on Friday, but the Demons will give Petracca and Hogan until Saturday if necessary to prove they are ready.