Richmond star Tom Lynch will undergo surgery on Monday night for his broken hand, according to AFL Media’s Damian Barrett.
The 27-year old will reportedly make a dash to Melbourne Airport afterwards in order to make it into Queensland before borders close at midnight.
The key forward sustained the injury during Sunday’s win over Melbourne but played out the game.
Richmond are hopeful that the big forward will be right to play this week despite having surgery on Monday night.
Lynch will be required to check into the team facility by midnight Monday, where he will be able to serve, alongside his teammates, a Queensland Government requirement of 14 days quarantine as per COVID-19 regulations.
The Queensland government has allowed special considerations for AFL clubs to train and play inside those 14 days. But if Lynch failed to arrive at the club’s hub by midnight Monday, a “reset” on that 14 days for the entire group would be required from the time he did check-in.
The Tigers face Sydney at the Gabba this Sunday at at 3.35pm (AEST).