COBDEN expects Nick Harding and Christian Koroneos – two seniors regulars in 2017 – to regain fitness and form in the reserves.
Bombers coach Levi Dare said the duo, along with Dom Dare, needed to push their cases for senior selection.
“There’s plenty of blokes who have hardly missed a training and they get first crack at it,” Dare said of the selection process.
“They have struggled to put in a pre-season with other commitments so they will have to earn their spot through the twos, which is not a bad thing.”
The Uwland brothers Angus (broken finger) and Sam (ankle) and Jack Hammond (broken foot) are still on the sidelines.
Cobden hosts South Warrnambool under lights in a night match on Saturday night.