LAUNCESTON will be without its captain and coach Brennan Savage for its State League clash against Devonport at Aurora Stadium tomorrow.
Savage aggravated a calf problem that has troubled him throughout the season in the Blues 21-point defeat to Burnie last week and was subbed off at half-time.
Sonny Whiting and Scott Stephens both got through unscathed after battling to be fit to against Burnie and should be right to take on the Magpies in a game the Blues have to win after dropping two in a row.
The Blues regained defender Gary Shipton from suspension.
Devonport recalled the important Justin Rodman with Al Clements set to notch up a club record.
``Al Clements will break their games record this week and he's been a fantastic player over many years and it's a great achievement for him and Devonport will certainly be up and about and will want to put in a good performance for him,'' Savage said.
South Launceston coach Mitch Thorp said the Bulldogs could be without ruckman Cody Thorp for its road trip to play North Hobart in the Demons final home game in the TSL.
``We've only had a six-day turn-around and we've got some sore boys with a few tests but the one most likely to miss is Cody with a sore arm,'' Thorp said.
The Bulldogs regained key defender Rory Mansell and tough onballer Beau Thorp after both were rested against Devonport last week.
Thane Bardenhagen has recovered from a corked thigh and Will Hanson is right to play after suffering a knock last week and being taken to hospital for a precautionary concussion check-up after the game.
North Hobart will field a near full-strength line-up with a big crowd expected to turn out to cheer on the Demons.
North Launceston lost Bryton Mullins to a leg injury out of last week's victory over Hobart with Jay Lockhart likely to return as a replacement for the Northern Bombers road trip to West Park to play Burnie.
The Dockers will be boosted by the return of forward Rohan Baldock who missed last week's game against Launceston and former AFL star Russell Robertson who was named to play.
Darren Banham will miss with a one week suspension for his front-on, high contact on Joe Boyce last week.