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Final 22: Hutchings returns

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Mark Hutchings of the Eagles celebrates during the 2019 AFL round 03 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)
Mark Hutchings will take on the Crows at Optus Stadium on Sunday

Versatile midfielder Mark Hutchings will join fellow premiership star Jamie Cripps in the starting line-up to play Adelaide in an important game at Optus Stadium on Sunday, starting at the revised time of 3.20pm.

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Hutchings missed four games with a hamstring strain before resuming in the WAFL last week, where he pressed his claims for a quick recall.

Able to play as a free-wheeling, ball-gathering midfielder, in a run-with role, or as a defensive forward, he offers options to the coaching box.

With Hutchings and Cripps resuming – the latter after three weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury – the unlucky players to miss selection are veteran midfielder Chris Masten and rookie forward Jarrod Cameron.

Cameron has played seven consecutive games since his debut against Essendon in round 14 and has kicked 11 goals, while Masten has played 14 of 20 games this season, including his 200th against GWS in round two.