The Australian representative is hopeful of returning for the Round 8 match-up with the Tigers.

Klemmer's place in the starting line-up will go to Adam Elliott, who has added great energy from the bench in the early rounds.

In further changes, Brett Morris will start at full-back, while Kerrod Holland returns from a shoulder injury to take his place on the wing.

The Bulldogs have won two of the past five Good Friday clashes and aside from last year’s 42-12 demolition of the Rabbitohs, the average margin between the two sides has been 4.25 points.