Richmond has received good news on midfielder Reece Conca’s ankle injury sustained during Thursday night’s 26-point win over the Swans, according to a report by Tim Morris on Fox Sports.
The 25-year old will not require surgery on his badly dislocated ankle that caused him to be taken off the ground in a stretcher, despite initial fears that Conca may be sidelined for as many as 12 months.
The Tigers are yet to confirm the length of Conca’s injury, but it is expected to be significantly shorter than the original estimated prognosis.
The former pick six, who was playing in his 100th game, twisted his ankle in a tackle by Lance Franklin and Tom McCartin at Etihad Stadium during the first quarter.
Conca was given a green whistle anaesthetic while being stretchered off as teammates and even Swan Gary Rohan embraced the Tiger with a pat on the shoulder.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick applaud his side’s camaraderie in the post-game press conference.
“I thought it was a pretty touching moment and it probably sums up our footy club just to see all the players get to him and all get a touch on him which is important,” Hardwick told reporters.
“He’s a very popular member of our football club and we really do wish him a speedy recovery because he’s an important player for us, there’s no doubt.”