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AFL 2017 Round 10 - Carlton v North Melbourne

Former Docker Alex Silvagni will miss the rest of 2017 with a knee injury

Carlton might have three young guns returning from injury, but two experienced defenders won’t make the trip to Perth to face West Coast on Saturday at Domain Stadium.

Blues head of football Andrew McKay told that Tom Williamson, Harry McKay and David Cuningham were all a chance to face the Eagles.

Williamson suffered a bout of sickness ahead of Carlton’s clash with Essendon, while Mckay missed the fixture with a toe injury. Cuningham was not available to face the Dons due to an ankle ailment.

“Tommy unfortunately missed last week’s game due to illness. He’s now recovered from that and he will be available for selection later in the week,” McKay said. 

“Harry McKay missed last week’s game against Essendon, which was really unfortunate for both him and us. He’ll be a test at the end of the week. It has improved over the past five or six days so hopefully he’ll get up for the game on the weekend. 

“Meanwhile, David Cuningham hurt his ankle two weeks ago, and while he was unable to get up for last week’s game, it’s looking likely that he will play at some level this weekend.”

Carlton’s defensive stocks will be tested after the club confirmed that experienced backmen Simon White and Alex Silvagni would miss the remainder of the year with knee injuries.

“Simon, unfortunately, tweaked his knee in the game against Geelong and scans have revealed some damage to the medial ligament. He will, unfortunately, miss the rest of the season, but he will be fit in time for the pre-season,” McKay said.  

“Alex is progressing slower than perhaps what we first expected. He’s got some bone bruising still. He’s still another three weeks or so away, so in other words he will be out for the rest of the season, which is really unfortunate for him, and certainly our backline as well."