MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Trent Cotchin of the Tigers runs with the ball from Tim Taranto of the Giants during the round 17 AFL between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Wester Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin could miss his side's Dreamtime clash against Essendon on Saturday as he weighs up a decision to fly home to Victoria.

Currently residing in Sydney with the Tigers, Cotchin could return home to be with his family after one of his daughters were taken to hospital on Tuesday, The Herald Sun reports.

Richmond released a statement on Wednesday, revealing Cotchin will remain in Sydney for the time-being and will monitor the matter.

“Trent has our full support and, as always, family comes first,” Tiger general manager Tim Livingstone said.

Should the 31-year-old return to Melbourne, he would be ruled out of this weekend's traditional Dreamtime clash against the Bombers, which will take place in front of a sold out crowd at Optus Stadium.

Victoria's COVID-19 enforced lockdown was extended by a further seven days and would place further setbacks on players looking to head interstate to meet up with the rest of their playing group.

Richmond players, who are currently placed in Sydney, are set to fly out to Perth later this week ahead of their clash against the Bombers.

The Tigers are set to welcome back midfielder Shane Edwards for the game, with the veteran onballer receiving an exemption to head to Sydney, per The Age

Saturday's clash will be the second consecutive Dreamtime game placed away from the MCG, after the fixture was played in Alice Springs last year.

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