Dylan Clarke will play his first game of the season on Wednesday night as one of the Bombers' three changes for their clash with the Suns at Metricon Stadium.

The young midfielder joins Martin Gleeson and Tom Bellchambers as inclusions, with Michael Hurley (managed), Sam Draper (managed) and Jacob Townsend (concussion) making way.

Breakout defender Jordan Ridley has been named despite copping a knock to the ribs in the loss to the Giants, while Dylan Shiel will lead the Bombers for the first time as stand-in captain.

Senior coach John Worsfold said he expected Hurley to be available for selection against St Kilda on Sunday, with the club managing players' workloads ahead of two games in five days.

(Watch Worsfold discuss the round 11 changes below)

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Rd 11 | Team selection

Senior Coach John Worsfold takes us through the team to face Gold Coast at Metricon on Wednesday night.

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Townsend will be a test to face the Saints after suffering a concussion last week, while Cale Hooker (calf) is an outside chance to return for the trip to Brisbane.

The Bombers will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and record their fifth consecutive win over the Suns, with the action to begin at 7:10pm AEST tomorrow.

ESSENDON'S RD 11 TEAM:

Backs: Martin Gleeson, Aaron Francis, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
Half-backs: Jordan Ridley, Mason Redman, Adam Saad
Centre: Tom Cutler, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
Half-forwards: Devon Smith, David Zaharakis, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Forwards: Kyle Langford, James Stewart, Will Snelling
Followers: Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Shiel, Andrew McGrath
Interchange: Shaun McKernan, Matt Guelfi, Conor McKenna, Dylan Clarke
Emergencies: Andrew Phillips, Michael Hurley, Brayden Ham, Josh Begley

In: Clarke, Bellchambers, Gleeson

Out: Hurley (managed), Draper (managed), Townsend (concussion)