jack Higgins brain surgery: Dual premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis has been dropped because the Tigers plan to Ivan Soldo because of the sole big man as a result of the shortened quarters.

“I’m excited to play tomorrow night, can’t await it, (it’s) been an extended time coming,” Higgins said on Wednesday.

The clash against the Pies will come 364 days after his last match against Adelaide in round 13 last year.

Houli, who had been nursing a calf injury in recent weeks that also kept him out of round one may be a confirmed starter to tackle the Pies.

Nankervis will play minutes within the Tigers’ reserves scratch match against the Pies at the MCG on Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ll accompany the one real ruck in Ivan,” Hardwick said.

“We desire the sport the way it’s at the instant , pretty dynamic, it’s likely to lend itself to at least one genuine ruck and a pinch-hitting ruck which can either be a key forward or another mechanism we have got in situ .”