MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09: Toby Nankervis of the Tigers handballs during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on August 09, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Toby Nankervis is unlikely to face the Lions at the Gabba in under two weeks’ time, as he is still battling with soreness after an 11-week abductor issue.

Nankervis is also not certain to play VFL football this week, as he has spent the past two weeks on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old returned to the AFL side in round 21 after playing three VFL games in the lead-up. However, the big ruckman pulled up sore afterwords.

Richmond VFL coach, Craig McRae told AFL.com.au that if the star ruckman does play in the VFL qualifying final on Saturday, he will be on restricted minutes.

“I would think he’d play some form of restricted minutes. I haven’t got any guidance around it yet. According to our fitness staff, if he gets through training this week then we’ll make a decision on Thursday (about selection).”

The doubts surrounding Nankervis will most likely mean the Tigers will persist with young ruckman, Ivan Soldo.

Soldo has been prolific this season in the absence of Nankervis, as he has averaged 27 hitouts and 10 disposals.