Trent Cotchin could remain sidelined for at least another three weeks, according to The Age.
The Richmond captain has been out of action with a hamstring injury sustained against GWS in Round 3 and was initially set to return in Round 7 against the Western Bulldogs.
However, Cotchin has suffered a couple of minor setbacks in recent weeks and is likely to be kept on the shelf until at least Round 12.
The report suggests that the 2017 premiership skipper will miss Sunday’s meeting with Hawthorn as well as the Dreamtime clash with Essendon in Round 10, and may even be absent for the Round 11 encounter with North Melbourne.
Richmond will take no risks with Cotchin and may wait to recall him for the Round 12 Friday night clash with ladder leader Geelong at the MCG on June 7.
On Tuesday, Richmond’s physical performance manager, Peter Burge, gave an update on Cotchin’s condition.
“Trent is at the same point, around that 90%, which we said we’d hold for a period of time, given he had a little interruption a few weeks back,” Burge told richmondfc.com.au.
“Right now he is holding that speed and feeling good. We’ll progress that speed over the next week.
“We’re looking, at this stage, the Kangaroos game, Round 11, as a return. That should give him at least a week, maybe two weeks, of full skills training.”
The Tigers head into this weekend’s fixture with the Hawks without ruckman Toby Nankervis who is set to miss up to eight weeks with an adductor injury suffered in last Sunday’s win over Fremantle. Ivan Soldo will replace Nankervis.
Defender Nick Vlastuin is expected to return from an ankle issue and could replace young midfielder Jack Ross, who suffered a syndesmosis injury against the Dockers, while Daniel Rioli may also be available if he recovers from a corked quad.