MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Hugh Goddard handballs during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Ikon Park on January 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Carlton could hand a club debut to former St Kilda defender Hugh Goddard as the Blues look to replace Liam Jones in the club’s backline, according to AFL.com.au.

Jones will miss this weekend’s fixture with Collingwood after a head clash with North Melbourne’s Cam Zurhaar left him with a concussion and in hospital on Sunday.

The defender has been cleared of any lasting damage to his head and neck, but the Blues won’t rush him back until he’s fully fit.

That opens the door for Goddard, who has impressed so far for the Northern Blues during their VFL campaign.

Goddard was taken with pick 21 in the 2014 AFL draft, and played 10 games for the club over the past four seasons.

The 22-year-old, however, played just one game in 2018 and one in 2016, after eight in his debut season.

Alongside the inclusion of Goddard, the Blues will be hopeful both Matthew Kreuzer and Mitch McGovern will be fit to play.