Collingwood and Essendon look to head into hubs with a win

The Bombers have opted against playing Conor McKenna, despite him having served his 14-day isolation after testing positive to coronavirus.

The Bombers have brought in ruckman Andrew Phillips for his first game, as well as former North Melbourne and Williamstown midfielder Mitch Hibberd for the clash against Collingwood.

Andrew Phillips will debut for Essendon.

Andrew Phillips will debut for Essendon. Credit:Getty Images

Jayden Laverde will also play, replacing Zach Merrett (suspended), Aaron Francis (injured) and Tom Bellchambers (managed).

McKenna emerged from quarantine earlier this week but coach John Worsfold hinted on Wednesday there was a “risk versus reward” that would be too great for him to play.

The Bombers will give a first game to former Carlton ruck Phillips. He played 41 games across seven seasons for the Blues and GWS and impressed at the Bombers during pre-season.

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