Essendon is set to regain Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer on Anzac Day, with the star duo named in the Bombers' 22.

The pair got through main training on Saturday, with senior coach Ben Rutten revealing prior to the session that they would be given every chance to prove their availability for Monday's blockbuster.

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Rd 6 | Rutten media conference

Senior coach Ben Rutten speaks with the media at the NEC Hangar ahead of our Anzac Day clash against Collingwood.

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Kaine Baldwin, who starred with five goals in the VFL on Sunday, has earned a recall for his second AFL game, while Andrew Phillips (hamstring) and omitted trio Devon Smith, Nick Hind and Tom Cutler (last week's medical sub) make way.

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VFL Rd 4 | Baldwin's five

Kaine Baldwin stands tall with five goals in Essendon's VFL loss to Port Melbourne.

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Should Merrett line up on Anzac Day, it will mark a remarkable recovery for the dual Crichton medallist, who had surgery on a syndesmosis injury just under a month ago.

The Bombers will name their medical sub one hour before the 3:20pm bounce on Monday. Click here for a match-day guide.


Backs: Jayden Laverde, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Jake Kelly
Half-backs: Mason Redman, Jordan Ridley, Sam Durham
Centreline: Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Nic Martin
Half-forwards: Jye Caldwell, Peter Wright, Ben Hobbs
Forwards: Alec Waterman, Nik Cox, Jake Stringer
Followers: Sam Draper, Darcy Parish, Andrew McGrath
Interchange: Dylan Shiel, Matt Guelfi, Kaine Baldwin, Archie Perkins

Emergencies: Nick Hind, Devon Smith, Nick Bryan, Tom Cutler

In: Merrett, Stringer, Baldwin

Out: Phillips (hamstring), Smith (omitted), Hind (omitted), Cutler (medical sub - omitted)

Last week's medical sub: Cutler (used)