MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos kicks the ball for a goal during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on April 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

North Melbourne has been dealt a blow in its quest to claim its first win in 2017, with in-form midfielder Shaun Higgins a late withdrawal.

Higgins has been withdrawn from the selected side due to hamstring tightness. He is expected to be fit for round six.

He has been replaced by Nathan Hrovat.

Fremantle go into the clash as selected.

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