Saints set to swing AFL changes for Cats

Defender Jimmy Webster (right) is one of at least three changes for St Kilda's AFL trip to Geelong.
Defender Jimmy Webster (right) is one of at least three changes for St Kilda's AFL trip to Geelong.

St Kilda are set to make at least three changes for their AFL clash in Geelong as they try to turn around their poor form.

They have lost Jimmy Webster to a hip injury and have dropped Nathan Wright, plus the AFL website reported on Thursday that key forward Josh Bruce would also be axed.

Bruce has paid the price for the Saints having the worst attack in the AFL after three rounds.

Geelong also will make three changes on Sunday but all are forced.

Star veteran Gary Ablett (hamstring), speedster Nakia Cockatoo (knee) and utility Cam Guthrie (ankle) were all casualties in Sunday's tight loss to West Coast.

Midfielder Mitch Duncan headlines the potential Geelong inclusions, with the Sunday teams to be finalised on Friday afternoon.

Essendon, who also are coming off two losses, so far have confirmed only one change for their Etihad Stadium match on Sunday against unbeaten Port Adelaide.

Conor McKenna is out because of his biting suspension.

While McKenna has an AFL ban, Port midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper is out of the team because of a club suspension.

Powell-Pepper broke a team curfew and drank too much last Sunday in the Adelaide CBD.

He also remains under AFL investigation because of an alleged incident in an Adelaide nightspot.

But hot-tempered Hawthorn defender James Sicily will return from suspension for Sunday's game against Melbourne at the MCG.

The Hawks have axed Kaiden Brand and Will Langford following last Sunday's loss to Richmond.

Melbourne have lost Dom Tyson to illness.

Jayden Hunt could make a speedy return for the Demons after he was a surprise omission last week.

Angus Brayshaw, another squad member, is yet to play a senior game this season.

The big selection news on Thursday night was GWS losing star on-baller Josh Kelly to groin soreness.

It was mixed news for the Giants, who will welcome back Toby Greene and Ryan Griffen.

Dawson Simpson will replace Rory Lobb (knee) in the ruck.

Among the big names returning this week are West Coast key forward Josh Kennedy, Richmond premiership midfielder Dion Prestia, Brisbane captain Dayne Beams and North Melbourne vice-captain Robbie Tarrant.

Brisbane's Zac Bailey will make his AFL debut, while Richmond youngster Jack Higgins can consider himself unlucky after being dropped, despite kicking two goals last Sunday in his first senior game.

Australian Associated Press