Jesse Hogan in the mix to return for GWS

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GWS key forward Jesse Hogan is primed to return from injury in Saturday's clash with former AFL club Melbourne.

Hogan made a belated start to the season in round seven because of a quad injury, then tweaked his calf after playing two games.

The former Melbourne and Fremantle star has been given the green light to play his first game since the Giants' loss to Richmond on May 15.

However, the prized recruit's rotten run of injuries in recent years may prompt coach Leon Cameron to give him a run in the reserves this weekend.

"He's ready to go. It's exciting to get him back on the selection table," Giants midfielder Jacob Hopper told reporters in Melbourne.

"He came in and was a real impact player for us, so if he's back at AFL level then it'll be huge.

"If not, we know he'll be an important player for us going forward."

GWS chief medico Cullan Ball noted Hogan had recovered from his latest setback and benefited from "a big block of training under his belt".

"Jesse has cleared all his tests and will have another full week of training this week and be available for selection," Ball said.

Captain Stephen Coniglio and key defender Sam Taylor face fitness tests this week as they seek to return from ankle syndesmosis surgery.

Cameron indicated after the club's loss to Hawthorn that Coniglio was an unlikely starter against the Demons.

"If he's cleared, it will be up to the coaches as to what level he plays this weekend," Ball said.

"Sam Taylor is in the same boat after a shorter rehab."

Hopper, a member of the Giants' leadership group, admitted the team had missed Coniglio's on-field guidance.

"To have his impact and voice in a playing capacity, at whatever level it is this week, is enormous," the midfielder said.

"Everyone's pretty stoked."

Coniglio hasn't played at any level since a round-three loss to Melbourne on April 4.

The Giants sit 10th on the ladder after squandering a golden chance to climb into the top eight on Sunday, when they lost to the Hawks.

"Everyone wants to play finals footy, that's the goal," Hopper said.

"We know we come up against a red-hot side in Melbourne, their midfield is flying."

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