Richmond has provided an injury update on most of their sidelined players, with Toby Nankervis and Jack Ross joining the injury list after the club’s win over Fremantle on Sunday.
Nankervis suffered an adductor injury, while Ross has injured his syndesmosis.
“That ruck contest (v Fremantle last Sunday), he actually slipped on the ground and he avulsed his adductor longus muscles,” Richmond’s Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge told the club’s website.
“So what that means is he’s actually torn away the muscle and a little bit of tendon off the bone. It’s a longer-term injury, probably more around the eight-week mark . . . There’s going to be some strength work over time and then slowly building his running.
“(Nathan) Fyfe stood on [Jack Ross’] ankle (v Fremantle last Sunday) and he rotated a little bit as well. Syndesmosis injuries seem to be more common these days. They are an injury that happens when you get tackled . . . He’s having some surgery tomorrow.
“What they’ll do in that surgery is wrap the tibia and the fibula, similar to what Dan Butler and Kane Lambert had last year. Timeframe-wise we’re thinking it’s going to be somewhere between the six and eight-week mark. Given he’s a first-year player, obviously we’re going to be a little more cautious.”
Burge then went on to touch on recent injuries regarding Daniel Rioli and Nick Vlaustin, with Burge suggesting both players would be fit for selection against Hawthorn on Sunday.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is closing in on a return, although he’s still got a couple of weeks to wait.
“Trent is around that 90%, which we said we’d hold for a period of time, given he had a little interruption a few weeks back . . . Right now he is holding that speed and feeling good,” Burge said.
“We’ll progress that speed over the next week. We’re looking, at this stage, the Kangaroos game, Round 11, as a return. That should give him at least a week, maybe two weeks, of full skills training.”
Burge also provided the following updates on Jayden Short, Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance:
“’Shorty’ is out of the brace now . . . only just come off in the last 24 hours. He’s now doing his physio exercises.
“Slowly we’re just getting some movement back into his arm. The transition hopefully will be a fairly quick one, but we’re still looking at the first game after the bye, which is five or six weeks away.
“Jack’s tracking really well. His quad strength is really good at the moment. We’re looking to start jogging in the next two weeks, possibly end of next week the way he’s going.
“Alex is progressing brilliantly. He’s doing absolutely everything he can to push us with his rehab . . .”