MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Trent Cotchin, David Astbury, Alex Rance and Dylan Grimes of the Tigers look on during the 2019 AFL round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Richmond defender Alex Rance is making remarkable progress on the road to recovering from a round one ACL, but the Tigers are set to play it safe in his return.

Earlier this week, Damien Hardwick admitted Rance was recovering at breakneck speeds, with the Tigers to consider bringing him back early, in a bid to contend for another premiership.

However, according to the Herald Sun, medical experts such as Dr Peter Larkins have warned that ACL’s are at their weakest at around 25 weeks, which would be when Rance would be eyeing off a return.

Tigers football boss Neil Balme spoke on Tuesday about Rance’s chances of returning, and while the star defender wants to make a return this season, Balme says the call will be made by the medical staff.

“The medicos will talk to his surgeon and really it will be a question of the risk if he plays as opposed to the risk of him playing next year and if there is any significant difference he won’t be playing,” Balme said.