LAUNCESTON failed to name Tim Bristow in its side for tomorrow's State League preliminary final clash against Burnie at Aurora Stadium but the key midfielder was being put through a fitness test at training last night as he battles to recover from a hamstring strain suffered a fortnight ago.
The Blues regained coach Brennan Savage and defender Gene Savage from suspension as expected but omitted Tom Cleary and Jake Smith from last week's team.
Ben Killalea, Josh Youd and Tom Holmes were other inclusions on an extended interchange bench.
"Tim has some running to complete to show that he is fit and ready to go and can put up what is required of him on game day - better off finding out at training than on Saturday," Savage said.
"I really don't know if he will come up - we've given all the rest he needs, he does all the rehab and is very professional in the way he looks after his body.
"We will give him the chance to prove his fitness and if he does that then he plays - it's as simple as that.
"He's a high-quality player and individual and we'll give him every chance to play."
Ruckman Jason Edwards was another omission from the selected side and while not ruling anyone out, Savage said he too had work to do to show he could be a contributor on the weekend.
"He gets an opportunity tonight and if he can do it then he is in the mix - but he certainly has a lot of work to do," Savage said.
Savage said the Blues had the advantage of having their colts side also playing with a large fit squad to choose from, creating some selection dilemmas.
Meanwhile, experienced Burnie Dockers defender Brent Milverton is poised to make a surprise return for the Dockers.
Milverton's season appeared over when he broke his collarbone against Lauderdale on August 3.
The 26-year-old trained with the rest of the team at West Park last night and coach Brent Plant said he only had to pull up well to be included in the team tomorrow.
Plant also expected Sam Rice (back) and Caleb Hislop (shoulder) to come through the last training session.
Plant is looking to the Dockers to continue on from the form they showed against Clarence in last Saturday's first semi-final.
"It's important that we carry on from where we finished against the Kangaroos," he said.
Plant said he was unconcerned about playing the Blues at night at Aurora.