Four Essendon players who were on the club's list
in 2012 will play against St Kilda on Saturday in the NAB Challenge after requesting permission from the coaches to participate.
Nick O'Brien, Jackson Merrett, Elliott Kavanagh and Lauchlan Dalgleish – who were all with the Bombers in 2012 when the club's contentious supplements program was underway – have been selected in Essendon's line-up to face the Saints at Morwell.
It is the first time the club has confirmed and cleared any of its players as not facing infraction notices.
The younger players approached the club's coaching group and told them they were keen to take part in the game, a request that was agreed to by James Hird and his assistants.
The move was ticked off by the Essendon leadership group, which understood and respected the players' request.
"Both the coaches and the leadership group agreed that it was appropriate for the four players to be available for selection as they were not involved in the investigation surrounding the 2012 supplements program," the club said in a statement.
"The four players who have been named in the squad to play St Kilda on Saturday are not provisionally suspended."