AFL teams: Brisbane ax Mitch Robinson and Rhys Mathieson as Collingwood names Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore

Brisbane dropped tough nuts Mitch Robinson and Rhys Mathieson, while Melbourne striker Tom McDonald was overlooked again in Friday night’s semi-finals at the MCG.

The Lions welcomed Noah Answerth and Cam Rayner after four substitutions suspension, while Darcy Fort Ruckmann replaced Oscar McInerney (concussion).

Last week’s substitute Callum Ah Chee was named in the 22 with Jaxon Prior, Robinson and Mathieson all dropped.

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Melbourne have named an unchanged side, meaning star midfielder Christian Petracca will play despite a severe cork in his calf and a hairline fracture in his leg.

Collingwood made just one change for Saturday night’s semi-final against Fremantle at the MCG, replacing injured midfielder Taylor Adams (groin) with 21-year-old Trent Bianco.

Star striker Jordan De Goey has been called up despite sustaining a shoulder injury in last week’s defeat by Geelong.

Jordan De Goey will play against Fremantle in the Collingwood semifinals after a shoulder sprain. (Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS) Recognition: AAP

All-Australia defender Darcy Moore will also play, although he left training for some time on Thursday after sustaining a blow to the knee.

Fremantle have started with an unchanged squad, meaning striker Matt Taberner will miss a second consecutive final.

Taberner, who returned from a calf injury in the WAFL last week, will play for Peel Thunder again.

Two-game forward Jye Amiss maintained his place in the Dockers squad ahead of Taberner, while skipper Nat Fyfe will be out for at least another week with a hamstring injury.

Demons manager Simon Goodwin again decided against calling back fit forward Tom McDonald, who missed most of the season with a serious foot injury.

“Tom is certainly someone who is developing really well, as is Jacob van Rooyen. Both guys are really pushing their picks,” Goodwin said before the teams were released.

“He (McDonald) had four weeks back in main training, he’s played a full VFL game, had a game simulation last weekend and the decision has to be made that’s enough to prepare for a big final.

“If he doesn’t play this week he’ll be right to go if we’re lucky enough to progress.” AFL teams: Brisbane ax Mitch Robinson and Rhys Mathieson as Collingwood names Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore

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