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Lions call up Proud

ALBERT Proud has been named in the Brisbane Lions team to tackle Richmond in tomorrow night's AFL practice match on the Gold Coast - despite being set to appear in court on the tourist strip for an assault charge.

Proud's case at Southport Magistrates Court was last month adjourned until Thursday - barely 24 hours before the Lions' much anticipated showdown with Ben Cousins' Tigers at Carrara.

A lawyer for Proud last month told the Southport Magistrates Court that the Lions midfielder planned to plead guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years' jail.

The 20-year-old was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount by the Lions over a January 31 incident at a Gold Coast bar.

Proud has been named in a strong squad that includes skipper Jonathan Brown.

Brown only played the first half of their defeat at the hands of Melbourne in Cairns last Friday night.

Richmond have named a near full-strength side after welcoming back Matthew Richardson and Nathan Foley.