North Melbourne are set to rest between 8-10 player this weekend to as the club prepares for the first week of finals.

The AFL have granted the Roos permission to rest players after North explained that fatigue and injury are major concerns heading into week one of the finals.

North Melbourne and Richmond are likely to face off again in the elimination final next week, with a Richmond win and Bulldogs victory over Brisbane setting the two teams up to meet again.

However, if North Melbourne manage to beat Richmond, which now seems unlikely given the decision to rest several senior players, then the Kangaroos would be forced to travel to Adelaide to face the Crows.

North Melbourne CEO Carl Dilena said that good player management is vitally important at this time of the season.

“The fatigue and injury status of our players will be the main consideration for team selection this week,” Dilena said in a statement.

“At this stage, our initial assessment indicates that we may look to rest up to 8-10 players that played in round 22 against the Bulldogs.

“We have been in contact with the AFL regarding this process and have been given approval to go down this path should we need.

“Player management is critical all season, but more so now on the eve of another finals campaign.”