Hodge to make return as Hawks eye Kangaroos

AFL: Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is set to return for the Hawks' NAB Challenge clash with North Melbourne at Aurora Stadium tomorrow night.

Hodge will be in the squad alongside fellow premiership players Brad Sewell and Josh Gibson.

Half-back Grant Birchall and Norm Smith Medal winner Brian Lake have not been named and will have to prove their fitness in a practice match to tune up for the Hawks' round one clash with the Brisbane Lions on March 22.

Also left out by coach Alistair Clarkson are stalwarts Ben Stratton, Paul Puopolo and impressive draftees Billy Hartung and Dayle Garlett.

Sudanese-born ruckman Majak Daw has been named in North Melbourne's 29-man squad, with midfield recruit Nick Dal Santo included for his second game.

Liam Anthony, Leigh Adams, Nathan Grima and Robbie Tarrant will all miss.