MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin has praised Jack Viney for getting himself back in playing condition less than three weeks after foot surgery.
Viney is one of five big-name inclusions for Saturday's crunch game against Port Adelaide at the MCG.
The co-captain was expected to miss up to six weeks.
"He prepares like no other and his rehab and recovery has been unbelievable. He set his sights really early on to play this game, he's done everything right and he's a true professional and I think that just shows the character of the guy," Goodwin said.
"He trained incredibly well yesterday and he's raring to go and put out his best performance as possible tomorrow.
"He just really pushed to get his surgery done as quick as he could and then basically the way his treatment to get his stage by stage recovery process was really just to get the swelling out of his foot and getting back to weight bear and then getting back to run.
"As soon as he could do that he's done everything right, he's iced it constantly for two weeks now and he's put the work in to really rehab as quickly as possible.
"He's just a great teammate and a great leader of our footy club."
Jeff Garlett will play after returning to the club from a short stint in Western Australia for family reasons.
Forgotten midfielder Jack Trengove is set to play just his sixth game in three seasons.
The former co-captain managed just three games last year and did not feature in the side in 2015.
"I've been waiting to put him in the team for a while, he's been in terrific form in the VFL and I think that his teammates and all the coaching staff are just so happy with the work he's done."