MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Toby Nankervis of the Tigers handballs during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on September 02, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Richmond appears poised to be bolstered by the return of premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis for its qualifying final at the Gabba this weekend.

The 25-year-old, who has played only one AFL game since round eight, thrust himself into the selection mix with an outstanding performance in Richmond VFL’s thrilling come-from-behind qualifying final win.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said Nankervis was in the frame to return this week if he emerges from training unscathed.

“He’s pulled up reasonably well today [Monday], so that’s exciting for us,” Hardwick told the media.

“He’ll train again tomorrow, then have a big session on Thursday, and we’ll be able to make a more calculated call.

“He started off a little bit slow [in the VFL], but then I thought he was probably the difference in the second half of the game, he was terrific.

“We’re really keen to welcome him back and provided he gets through training, he’ll be available to play, which is exciting for us.”

Nankervis’ last AFL appearance came in round 21 against the Blues.