MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Alex Rance of the Tigers handballs during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on July 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Injured Tigers star Alex Rance is adamant on returning to the field again this season.

And he could push for a comeback via the VFL as soon as next week, according to AFL.com.au’s Damian Barrett.

The five-time All Australian will meet with his surgeon later this week in what could go a long way in determining how realistic his chances are.

After rupturing his ACL in round one of this season, Rance hit his top speed running in a straight line a fortnight ago and is believed to have handled sideways-movement drills well.

Tigers officials are reportedly staying on the conservative side of things but are aware of Rance’s determination for a miracle finals return.

Some of Rance’s teammates are reportedly convinced his endeavours wont be stopped.

Richmond face Carlton, West Coast and Brisbane all at the MCG in their final three games of the home and away season.

It was ultimately be a high-risk high-reward decision with Rance, as will be the case of when they manage skipper Trent Cotchin’s latest hamstring setback.

Cotchin has been hampered by hamstring problems all season and will not be rushed back.

The Tigers will be searching for their seventh-straight win when they face the Blues on Sunday at 3:20pm at the MCG.