GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Malcolm Rosas kicks during a training session at Metricon Stadium on March 18, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

We're five rounds into the season and the ladder is continuing to take shape, with early contenders emerging from the opening month of action.

With a healthy list often a prerequisite for flag contention, keeping the best names on the track each weekend is vital.

Ahead of Round 6, we take a look at all the selection news for each side, with big names needing to prove their fitness while fringe players hope to retain their place in their respective side's best 22.

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Suns tipped to make late change 

In-form Gold Coast forward Malcolm Rosas is understood to be battling a calf injury ahead of his side's QClash with Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

Rosas, who has been a bright spark among the Suns' attack across the past fortnight, is likely to be replaced in Stuart Dew's lineup for Round 6, according to Seven News' Mitch Cleary.

Rosas booted three goals in his 2022 return against the Blues in Round 4 before collecting a career-high 15 disposals last week against St Kilda.

Rory Atkins, Chris Burgess, Jeremy Sharp and Alex Davies are the named emergencies for the Suns, who will confirm their final 23-man side at 3:10pm AEDT.

Saturday, April 23...

Stringer and Merrett expected to play

Essendon coach Ben Rutten has indicated that star duo Jake Stringer and Zach Merrett are a "realistic chance" to feature in Monday's ANZAC Day clash against Collingwood.

Stringer, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and Merrett, who has been sidelined since Round 2 with a syndesmosis injury, both trained on Saturday morning, with Rutten indicating the pair will line up against the Pies.

“We’re gonna give him (Merrett) every chance to put his hand up for selection,” Rutten said.

“They are a realistic chance to play, and we can’t bring them into the squad late, but we can take them out."

The Bombers will be desperate for a win to get their season back on track after managing just one win from the opening five weeks of the season. Stringer and Merrett would be welcomed inclusions, with the valuable Will Snelling and Kyle Langford still occupying the injury list.

Hawks make double change for Swans clash

Hawthorn have been forced to make two further changes to their squad for the ANZAC Day clash with Sydney, with Changkuoth Jiath and Tom Phillips both out of Monday's match.

The pair will be replaced by Finn Maginness and Josh Morris in Sam Mitchell's squad, with the Hawks yet to confirm reasons for the changes.

Phillips was named on the extended bench for the match at the University of Tasmania Stadium, while Jiath was set for a place in Mitchell's backline.

The pair of changes follow the confirmed absences of key forward Mitch Lewis (hamstring) and ruckman Ned Reeves (shoulder), who sustained injuries in Hawthorn's Round 4 win over Geelong.

Chad Wingard, Max Lynch and Will Day were all confirmed inclusions for the Hawks, while uncapped pair Jackson Callow and Ned Long were added to the club's extended bench.

Friday, April 22...

Carlton to miss son of a gun with ankle complaint

In-form Blue Jack Silvagni will miss his side's blockbuster clash with Fremantle on Saturday night.

In a club statement on Friday, Carlton confirmed Silvagni was sent for scans after injuring his ankle at training on Thursday but there was no "significant damage".

"CARLTON's Jack Silvagni has been withdrawn from the side for Saturday’s clash with Fremantle after succumbing to an ankle sprain," the statement read.

"Silvagni tweaked his ankle at training on Thursday and was immediately sent for scans. The results showed no significant damage, so the Club remained hopeful yesterday he would be available to play.

"However a further fitness test was conducted on Friday morning prior to the team’s flight to Perth, which confirmed the best decision would be to allow Silvagni the weekend to recover. He remains a chance to be available for Round 7.

"Tom De Koning will now come into the 22, while Lachie Plowman joins the emergencies."

The Optus Stadium match-up pits two clubs with a 4-1 record against each other, with the first bounce set for 7.40pm (AEST).

Tall Dog struck down by tightness

All-Australian hopeful Tim English is set to miss "several weeks" after sustaining hamstring tightness in the lead-up to the Western Bulldogs' Round 6 clash against Adelaide in Ballarat.

According to a brief statement released by the club on Friday afternoon, English's sidelining came in the wake of scans that confirmed a low-grade injury.

The Western Australian is expected to make his return within the space of the next month, per claims from the Bulldogs' Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell.

“On Wednesday at training, Tim English had the onset of some hamstring tightness,” Bell stated.

“MRI and clinical tests have confirmed that he has a low-grade hamstring injury.”

“The Club is working through his return to play plan but expect Tim to miss the next 2-3 games.”

The Pups are scheduled to face Adelaide, Essendon, Port Adelaide and Collingwood within this window.

Suns pair to push for selection

After missing Gold Coast's Round 5 defeat to St Kilda last Saturday, integral cog Jack Lukosius is in line for a Q Clash return on Sunday, provided the utility proves his fitness.

Lukosius went down with a knee complaint during the dying stages of the Suns' barnstorming win over Carlton in week four but after a week on the sidelines recuperating, the South Australian has recommenced running per reports from AFL Media.

The Carrara club could also be boosted should Mabior Chol complete training on Thursday after making a swift recovery from an adductor strain picked up against the Saints.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the contest between both Queensland clubs, Suns head coach Stuart Dew claimed the pair were in line to face the Lions.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Mabior Chol, Izak Rankine and Ben Ainsworth of the Suns celebrate a goalduring an AFL Practice Match between Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium on February 25, 2022 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"Both are a chance," Dew said.

"It's always that point. Early in the week you don't get them up to 100 percent anyway, and not all of the players can get to that point whether they're fit or sore.

"But the main session is where we start to lift the bar and we'll set the bar really high on both.

"(We'll) take no risks. AFL's too hard now. If they're not right, they're not right, it becomes pretty obvious. We'll just keep an open mind."

Hawks to lose in-form forward

Hawthorn are reportedly set to be without spearhead Mitch Lewis for next Monday's clash with Sydney on ANZAC Day.

According to's Cal Twomey, Lewis has sustained a hamstring injury and won't be available for Sam Mitchell's Round 6 planning.

Lewis has been one of the form forwards of this season, booting 15 goals from his five matches to sit one goal off Coleman Medal leaders Max King, Tom Hawkins and Joe Daniher.

The Hawks are already set to be without ruckman Ned Reeves, who suffered a shoulder injury in his side's Round 5 win over Geelong, with Max Lynch anticipated to come into Mitchell's side.

Gun Roo to return as hamstrung defender suffers setback

North Melbourne will be buoyed by the premature return of Tarryn Thomas, who is likely to be in the selection frame for the Roos' clash with Geelong in Tasmania.

Thomas has been sidelined with internal bruising after a crunching tackle against West Coast, with final medical clearance needed to see the midfielder return four weeks earlier than first anticipated.

"'Taz' has had a couple of good weeks training, he went back and had a scan yesterday ... he's just got to wait and get tick-off from the specialist but the medical guys are pretty confident that he'll be right to play this weekend," Roos football boss Dan McPherson said, via North Media. 

On a dimmer note, defender Aaron Hall is set to miss a month with a hamstring injury sustained against the Bulldogs on Good Friday.

"It's a reasonably significant injury, so we expect he'll probably be a month away before he returns," McPherson said.

"Hopefully we'll be able to get him moving late this week or early next week, but it's probably three or four weeks before he returns to play."

North Melbourne are also set to have Cam Zurhaar (concussion) and Jack Mahoney (ankle) available for selection against the Cats.

Greene among trio of returning Giants

GWS Giants star Toby Greene will return to Leon Cameron's 22 after serving his six-game ban for making contact with umpire Matt Stevic during the first round of the 2021 finals series.

Having spent the opening five rounds on the sidelines due to the suspension, Greene will now be available for Friday night's clash with St Kilda at Manuka Oval.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Toby Greene of the Giants celebrates kicking a goal during the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Collingwood Magpies at GIANTS Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos via Getty Images )

On Wednesday Cameron confirmed Greene's inclusion while ruckman Braydon Preuss will also return from a one-game suspension, likely placing Matt Flynn on the periphery once again.

Defender Isaac Cumming will need to prove his fitness for Friday night after being required to undergo the AFL's health and safety protocols and miss his side's loss to Melbourne in Round 5.

The trio of returns are sure to buoy the New South Wales club, who are currently placed 14th on the ladder after registering just the one victory from five games.

Pies back for ANZAC clash

Magpie Jack Ginnivan looks set to return for Collingwood's ANZAC day clash with Essendon on Monday. Ginnivan had sustained a calf injury the week prior but has progressed well in training and will look to get back to his best against the Bombers.

"Jack Ginnivan was a bit of a late withdrawal, he had a bit of general soreness but a bit of specific soreness in the calf area," Collingwood revealed.

"A five game turnaround meaning he wasn't to be able to fly up to Brisbane and compete at his best, the rest and time off has given him a really good chance to put some rehab into the calf and do some work over the weekend to get himself ready to be available for ANZAC day."

Aiden Begg (concussion), Darcy Cameron (ribs) and Beau McCreery (hip) are also all available for selection after returning from their respective injuries, while Brodie Mihocek has also come out of COVID protocols and is available to play.

Beau McCreery during during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between St Kilda and Collingwood (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

On a less positive note, key defender Charlie Dean has experienced another setback in his recovery process, with his review with a surgeon delaying his return to running training.

Docker ruled out under health and safety protocols

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has confirmed midfielder Connor Blakely won't be available for selection against Carlton after being placed in isolation.

Blakely, who is yet to feature for Longmuir's side this season, will undergo the required health and safety protocols for the next week and won't feature at either AFL or WAFL level.

A recent spike in cases among WAFL clubs has left Longmuir to separate his his playing group between senior and reserve players.

The Dockers were without forward Lachie Schultz for their Round 5 win over Essendon due to health and safety protocols, with the in-form forward still no certainty to return as the club assess his fitness.

Dogs to make pair of changes as forward remains sidelined with delayed concussion

The Bulldogs will be required to make at least two changes to their side for Saturday's clash with Adelaide, with Lachie Hunter (indefinite leave) and Riley Garcia (knee) both set to be omitted for Round 6.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is yet to confirm any inclusions for the match at Mars Stadium, however was able to rule out a return for Mitch Hannan, who continues to battle concussion.

"He's had some delayed concussion, and we'll need to give me a little bit more time," Beveridge said on Wednesday.

"So he won't play this week."

Robbie McComb (28 disposals, six clearances) and Buku Khamis (16 possessions, 10 marks, four goals) both impressed in Footscray's Round 4 showing against North Melbourne over the weekend and could be considered for selection.

Power trio cleared to face Eagles

Port Adelaide will be buoyed by the availability of star midfielder Ollie Wines and youngster Xavier Duursma for their clash with West Coast on Saturday.

The club have cleared to play, with Wines returning from a concerning heart issue sustained in Round 4 against Melbourne.

After missing his side's narrow defeat to Carlton, the Brownlow Medal winner will come back into Ken Hinkley's side as they chase their first win of the season.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Ollie Wines of the Power points for his team mates to go forward during the 2021 AFL Round 06 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the St Kilda Saints at Adelaide Oval on April 25, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Duursma has been deemed fit to feature for the Power after recovering from a neck/shoulder injury sustained earlier in the season.

Port skipper Tom Jonas has also been cleared of any serious damage to his knee after suffering a minor setback against the Blues.

Tuesday, April 19...

Gun Bulldog on indefinite leave

Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the club.

The Bulldogs confirmed on Tuesday night that the 27-year-old will not feature at either AFL or VFL level for the foreseeable future as he deals with personal issues.

“Lachie has been dealing with some personal issues for a period of time.  After some recent internal discussions, it has been determined and agreed with Lachie that the best course of action is for him to spend some time away from the Club while he addresses his personal issues,” Western Bulldogs Head of Football Chris Grant said, via the club's website.

“We will continue to support Lachie during his leave of absence, with his personal wellbeing the sole focus for everyone in the immediate term.

“During this period of absence from the football program Lachie will not play at either AFL or VFL level.

“We expect that Lachie’s privacy will be respected during this period.”

Hunter has played in all five matches to start the 2022 season, tallying a career total 168 games in the blue, white and red.

Saints pair in isolation 

St Kilda duo Zak Jones and Tom Campbell will be unavailable for selection this weekend after being required to isolate under the AFL's health and safety protocols.

The Saints confirmed on Tuesday that the pair won't be up for a spot in Brett Ratten's side to face the Giants on Friday night at Manuka.

Jones impressed in his return from a leave of absence through the VFL on Saturday, recording 28 possessions and nine clearances as Sandringham defeated Gold Coast at Trevor Barker Oval.

Campbell, who joined the Saints as a delisted free agent, is yet to feature at AFL level this season.

Last week Ratten and defender Jimmy Webster were forced to miss the Saints' Round 5 win over the Suns due to health and safety protocols.

Pies defender to miss ANZAC Day 

Collingwood's Jordan Roughead is set to miss at least two weeks with a finger issue, with the Magpies backman requiring surgery following his side's Round 5 loss to Brisbane.

7 News' Tom Browne has reported that Roughead will miss next Monday's clash with the Bombers and may be in some doubt for the succeeding fixtures against the Suns and Tigers.

The setbacks adds to a frustrating campaign for the former Bulldog, who missed the opening month of the season after requiring a procedure on his shoulder prior to Round 1.

Crow in line for return

Adelaide's Mitch Hinge is expected to be available for his side's trip to Ballarat to face the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Hinge was sidelined for his side's Round 5 win over Richmond with a hip injury and is listed as a test for the coming week.

“Mitch had a test on Friday morning and didn’t quite make it, we didn’t want to take any risks with him, we expect him to fully train on Wednesday and be available this weekend,” Crows high performance manager Darren Burgess told Crows Media. 

Adelaide will be without defender Andrew McPherson for 1-2 weeks after the young backman suffered further damage to his hamstring.

No Papley, but Buddy a chance for Swans' ANZAC Day clash 

Sydney coach John Longmire has confirmed small forward Tom Papley will remain sidelined as the club prepares for Monday's ANZAC Day bout with Hawthorn in Tasmania.

Papley is yet to feature for the Swans this season after suffering a hamstring injury in the pre-season, with Longmire confirming on Thursday that his livewire forward will miss at least another week as the club continues their conservative approach.

"He won't be playing on Monday," Longmire said.

"We want to just get another week of training under his belt. So he'll be playing hopefully next week. That's the plan.

"He'll get a good week of training under his belt this week."

Longmire was less certain of Lance Franklin's chances, unable tp rule out the veteran spearhead from facing his former side next week.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Tom Papley of the Swans shows his emotion during the round seven AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Franklin required surgery on an injured finger after his side's Round 4 win over North Melbourne, with the 1000-goal forward initially tipped to miss 2-3 weeks.

With a 10-day turnaround between matches, Franklin remains a chance to return to Longmire's squad, with a last-minute call to be made.

"We're not sure just yet with Lance," Longmire said.

"We'll see how the week progresses. We'll make that decision when we've got all the information in front of us, and that won't happen until the end of the week."

Eagles unsure on returning stars

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has flagged star trio Jeremy McGovern, Andrew Gaff and Oscar Allen are no certainties for this weekend's clash with Port Adelaide.

McGovern missed his side's Round 5 loss to Sydney through the AFL's health and safety protocols and the club are still waiting to confirm his return from isolation, while Gaff (ankle) and Allen (foot) have battled injuries to start the season.

Speaking to 7 News on Monday, Simpson confirmed selection for the trio will be "tough and go" for Saturday's match at Adelaide Oval.

"McGovern has missed a week so we'll see what happens there," Simpson told Channel Seven.

"Gaff and Allen are probably not going to be available this week. It's going to be touch and go. We'll work through that in the next few days.

"We'll transition everyone back on the individual basis that if they're fit enough, they'll play. If they're not, they won't."

Lion fit for comeback after hamstring setback

Emerging Lions utility Keidean Coleman will be available for Chris Fagan's selection planning as the Lions prepare for Sunday's QClash with the Suns.

Coleman has missed the start of 2022 after suffering a hamstring injury in the pre-season, with stating the 22-year-old will be in line for a return against Gold Coast.

Coleman will be needing to break into a defence ensemble that has clicked across the past month, with skipper Dayne Zorko finding form at half-back while incumbent pair Daniel Rich and Brandon Starcevich hold down their roles with little question.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Keidean Coleman of the Lions is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round 12 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at GIANTS Stadium on June 04, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Should Fagan look to inject Coleman's clean disposal use and pace, then the likes of Noah Answerth or debutant Kai Lohmann may be on the chopping block.

Cripps more than likely to return this week

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps is still needing to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday night's clash with Fremantle.

The Blues midfielder was sidelined for his side's Round 5 encounter with Port Adelaide after suffering a minor hamstring issue the weekend prior, with the niggling setback set to place further questions over the Cartlon star's selection chances.

However, Cripps frames as a likely inclusion for the Blues in what will be a mouth-watering contest against the Dockers, who like Carlton are also sitting pretty with a 4-1 record.

Speaking on RSN on Monday, Blues assistant Aaron Hamill revealed Cripps is more likely than not to feature at Optus Stadium

"He's more likely than unlikely at this stage," Hamill said.

"Certainly aware that we've got a short turnaround. He had a bit of volume in him last week and he'll ramp it up this week again. We'll work through that.

"At this stage he's progressing well for us. We've got a couple more sessions to get through before selection, so we'll see where that sits."