Port expect star pair to return in AFL

Port Adelaide's Tom Jonas and Paddy Ryder have been sidelined from the AFL due to injury. (AAP)

Paddy Ryder and Tom Jonas are major inclusions for Port Adelaide AFL game against Western Bulldogs in Ballarat.

Port Adelaide expect Paddy Ryder and Tom Jonas to return and give them a significant boost for their must-win AFL clash against the Western Bulldogs.

Ryder (hip) and Jonas (knee) are returning from injury but had to make it through Thursday training to confirm their spots.

Power development coach Aaron Greaves said on Saturday that two of their most important players would definitely play in Sunday's game in Ballarat.

"They've done everything we've asked of them and we're excited to have them back in the side ... we're really comfortable where they're at,"' Greaves said.

Jonas in particular has made a speedy recovery.

"Tom did probably surprise us by about a week," Greaves said.

"We expected him to come in for Showdown next week but we had our medical reports and meetings and he probably tracked a little bit ahead of time.

"He progressed really well and again we think he'll be fine."

The Power and Bulldogs have made a combined nine changes for Sunday's game.

Port dropped Jack Trengove, Sam Gray and Lindsay Thomas in the wake of two-straight losses while Dougal Howard (hand) and Karl Amon (knee) are injured.

Steven Motlop and Riley Bonner will return and Kane Farrell will make his AFL debut.

"Being a country Victorian kid, he gets his first chance in Ballarat," Greaves said of the Bendigo Pioneers recruit

"Kane's a really classy finisher, a lovely left foot and he's kicked 20-plus goals for the (SANFL) Magpies."

The Bulldogs' four changes are all forced, with Tom Boyd (back), Luke Dahlhaus (ankle), Billy Gowers (ankle) and Roarke Smith (cut head) out of the side.

Marcus Bontempelli is a massive inclusion, with Patrick Lipinski also returning and Fletcher Roberts back for his first senior game since round one.

Fergus Greene will make his AFL debut.

Sydney's loss on Friday night means Port are back in the top four and a win over the Bulldogs will consolidate their spot on the ladder.

"It shows you can't look too far ahead and think you've got a great run (or) you've got a difficult run," Greaves said.

"That top-four battle is really up for grabs."

Source: AAP

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