Carlton Blues out to dim the Saints 'shining light'

Justin Koschitzke
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CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse says his team must stop key St Kilda forward Nick Riewoldt in tonight's rare Monday night clash at Etihad Stadium.

While the future of some of Riewoldt's long-time teammates - including Nick Dal Santo and Justin Koschitzke - have come under fire in recent weeks, the skipper's form has been a shining light in a dismal season for the Saints.

"Nick's a wonderful player. I think what's happened with Nick is that a lot of people have underestimated the resilience of a champion," Malthouse said.

"Riewoldt is one of those players - he understands his body, he understands his teammates and he knows if you work hard you get good results. We're going to have to be very conscious of him and make sure that we limit the supply."

Despite being named in a 25-man squad on Thursday, Carlton may be without big man Matthew Kreuzer who hasn't played since breaking his thumb against Geelong in round three.

The Saints have recalled defender James Gwilt and named 19-year-old Tasmanian Jimmy Webster to make his debut.

The left-footer has averaged 18 disposals a game for the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL this season.

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