Troy Chaplin will return to strengthen Richmond's defence. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac.

Richmond will welcome back key defender Troy Chaplin for this weekend’s clash with Geelong at the MCG.

Chaplin missed last week’s loss to Melbourne after pulling up sore from Richmond’s game against the Lions, but Damien Hardwick said he is a certainty to return.

“Troy Chaplin will come back in which is a good inclusion for us,” Hardwick said.

“We felt we missed him enormously, he’s a general down there, he marshals the troops. The disappointing thing from our point of view was we probably lacked a bit of stability without him.

Former captain Chris Newman and defender Dylan Grimes are also a chance to play.

“Chris Newman and Dylan Grimes, we’ll see how they get through training. We’re starting to get some players back which is important,” Hardwick said.

However, Brett Deledio will miss yet again with an ongoing calf problem.