Andrew Swan, Canberra’s much-loved vice-captain, will make his return to the NEAFL against Sydney University on Saturday afternoon.
A knee reconstruction kept the 26-year-old on the sidelines for the past year, after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time last season.
The former Queanbeyan Tiger first ruptured his ACL six years ago and opted to have Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System (LARS) surgery because of the quicker recovery time.
But the artificial ligament used began to fail midway through last season, forcing Swan to undergo a traditional reconstruction.
Swan will be joined by Alex Paech, Jarrod Osborne and Kel Evans, who all return following stints on the sideline whilst Billy Clark has been recalled following his impressive form in the AFL Canberra competition.
Midfielders Mitch Maguire and Jack Powell are expected to miss only one week with "low hamstring" injuries, with teammate Ben Halse ruled out after suffering a groin injury last weekend.
Luke Jamieson and Nick Eynaud have been omitted
Canberra will be looking to atone for their most recent performance against Aspley, falling to a 80-point defeat at Voxson Oval.
Canberra Demons (8th) v Sydney University (6th) at Phillip Oval, 12pm
B: 37. R Budd 12. J Spina 35. T Highmore HB: 18. A Baker 2. A Paech 25. S Martyn C: 15. K Evans 36. L Meline 20. J Harper HF: 4. A Bruce 24. H Carr 16. M Hardie F: 13. T Faul 11. R Corbett 27. R Pollock R: 19. J Maynard 3. A Swan 6. A Smout
Int: 34. L Lupton 17. J Osborne 23. G Richardson 21. M Vardanega 32. W Clark*
Emg: 30. J Adamson 26. N Eynaud 7. C Owen-Auburn
In: 2. A Paech 3. A Swan 15. K Evans 32. W Clark 17. J Osborne Out: 8. M Maguire (injured) 9. J Powell (injured) 22. L Jamieson (omitted) 29. B Halse (injured) 26. N Eynaud (omitted)
*Denotes 23rd player
B: 15. M Carroll 12. N Reinhard 31. L Robertson HB: 23. L Kilpatrick 3. A Gulden 36. A Sierakowski C: 26. W Sierakowski 9. J Veale 21. L Stevenson HF: 11. N Foster 14. M Krochmal 17. J Stern F: 33. T Banuelos 19. T Davies 32. E Cole R: 22. S Tagliabue 5. B Stewart 7. J Bartholomaeus
Int: 29. D Cordell 1. J Hiscox 30. L Vella 37. C Williams 16. H Morrison*
Emg: 34. S Gilfedder 20. S Krochmal 4. A Lucy
In: 1. J Hiscox Out: 4. A Lucy (omitted)
*Denotes 23rd player