Essendon will be without deputy vice-captain Andrew McGrath for its round 20 clash with North Melbourne on Sunday.

McGrath has entered the AFL's health & safety protocols, forcing the 24-year-old's omission from the side.

The Dons have named an eight-man extended bench, with Jye Menzie, Archie Perkins, Nick Bryan, Massimo D'Ambrosio and James Stewart all vying for selection.

Despite being subbed out last week with internal bruising, defender Mason Redman has been named to start on-field.

The medical sub who replaced Redman in Brayden Ham has not been named in the Dons' extended side.

Essendon's final side to take on the Kangaroos will be announced on Friday, July 29 at 5pm AEST.

Essendon's round 20 extended squad

Backs: Jake Kelly, Jayden Laverde, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Half-backs: Mason Redman, Jordan Ridley, Nick Hind
Centreline: Sam Durham, Dylan Shiel Dyson Heppell
Half-forwards: Matt Guelfi, Will Snelling, Kyle Langford
Forwards: Peter Wright, Jake Stringer, Harrison Jones
Followers: Sam Draper, Zach Merrett, Jye Caldwell
Extended bench: Jye Menzie, Archie Perkins, Ben Hobbs, Nick Bryan, Nicholas Martin, Massimo D'Ambrosio, Andrew Phillips, James Stewart

In: Perkins, Bryan, D'Ambrosio, Stewart, Menzie

Out: McGrath (health & safety protocols), Ham (omitted)

Last week’s medical sub: Brayden Ham (used)