Richmond midfielder Kane Lambert will take to the field on Thursday night against the Hawks, although he won’t be joined in the side by Dan Butler.

The premiership duo both underwent minor foot surgery in early August, although Lambert has recovered in time and will line up for his first game since Round 21.

Butler’s last outing for Richmond came in Round 16, although after failing to recover by the time Lambert had his surgery, he went in for the same operation in a bid to speed up his chances to return from injury.

Damien Hardwick confirmed Butler won’t play at any level this week, as he looks to make a push for selection later on in the finals.

Young Richmond forward Shai Bolton will remain with the club in 2019, after his manager Ralph Carr confirmed the news to the Herald Sun.

Bolton played six games in his debut year last season and has only managed three so far in 2018, but the 19-year-old will stay and fight for a spot in the starting 22 next season.

Shai Bolton is going to re-sign with Richmond,” Carr said.

“It hasn’t been announced yet, but it will be, and that’s great news for the kid.

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“The decision has been made to stay.

“Richmond is where he should be and I’ve said that to him all year.

“There was no delay. He just wanted to try and put some runs on the board.

“We love what Richmond has done with the indigenous program and they’ve looked after him and been terrific with him.”