A key defender is in contention for her first AFLW match of 2023 this Sunday at Heritage Bank Stadium.

Season Seven All-Australian squad member Vivien Saad is in the mix to face the Bulldogs on Sunday evening after overcoming a calf complaint that has seen her miss the opening rounds of the season.

Kalinda Howarth remains the only player on the SUNS injury list as she continues her recovery from an ACL injury.