The Kangaroos return to Tasmania this weekend to take on a struggling Adelaide side. Both teams are in need of a win and will be determined to put their best foot forward in front of a raucous Hobart crowd.
North Melbourne will be forced into making at least three changes this week, with injury to Jack Ziebell and suspensions to Jason Horne-Francis and Lachie Young forcing David Noble's hand.
A bona fide glut of players are set to return from injury this week however, with selection pressure arriving at the perfect time. North Media looks at who is in the mix.
The forward line has struggled to consistently impact the scoreboard in recent weeks, so Cam Zurhaar's potential return from a foot injury should help the Roos shift that trend.
Before a stress reaction forced him to the sidelines, Zurhaar had kicked 14 goals in six games, and was once again hitting his stride in tandem with last season's leading goalkicker Nick Larkey.
He could return to his usual role at centre-half forward, or play a smaller position should Callum Coleman-Jones return to the side as either a ruck or a key forward.
'CJ' returned from a quad injury two weeks ago against GWS in the VFL. While he's lined up as the number one ruck in the reserves, at senior level he's played a more prominent forward role.
Should Noble choose to shake up the forward line, he could also call on one of Eddie Ford or Phoenix Spicer, with both currently building fitness in the VFL.
The Round 12 VFL clash with the Giants was Spicer's first full match in over six months, after overcoming a hamstring injury.
Ford impressed with two goals upon his return from a foot problem in the same match, despite being on a minutes restriction.
Tarryn Thomas, Jack Mahony and Charlie Lazzaro are also available to be included in the side. All played primarily inside midfield roles last time out in the VFL, but they're all capable of filling any number of positions in the senior side.
Lazzaro was the unused substitute against GWS, while Thomas impressed after being dropped to VFL level with 21 disposals and four clearances against the Giants.
There are just as many strong options to supplement the defence as the forward line and midfield, with Ben McKay, Aiden Bonar and Kallan Dawson all possible inclusions for a spot in the team.
McKay has moved through the AFL's concussion protocols with minimal issues after sustaining a head knock against the Suns and looks a near certainty to be included in the senior side, while Bonar and Dawson may have to make their way through the VFL.
Bonar has been sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury so may be eased back into match play, while Dawson's recovery from an ankle injury could see him suit up in royal blue and white for the first time since his selection in the mid-season draft.
VFL mainstays Matt McGuinness, Jackson Archer, and Josh Goater have will continue their respective pushes for a senior debut, with the trio all impressing at different times throughout the season so far.
Archer in particular has put in some much improved performances in recent weeks, and his status as an emergency in a number of recent senior games indicates he could be next in line for a debut.
Goater's athleticism and strength look to be AFL-ready as he continues to improve the defensive side of his game, while McGuinness' ball-use in the heart of defence has been a key component in the VFL side's fortunes this season.
The natural fitness of Pat Walker could see him earn a maiden AFL call-up in the absence of Young.
The wing player was an effective influence a fortnight ago against the Giants with 18 disposals and five tackles. Atu Bosenavulagi has also been a strong performer in a variety of roles at both senior and reserve level this season.