Richmond coach issues update on Higgins

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Damien Hardwick has given an update on the status of Richmond youngster Jack Higgins.

The 20-year-old Tigers forward was admitted to hospital with a brain bleed on Tuesday after suffering headaches.

Hardwick revealed today that Higgins will take no further part in Richmond’s season but is expected to make a full recovery and play again next year.

“He’ll be out of hospital today,” Hardwick said at a press conference.

“Without being a medico by nature, he has had an abnormality since birth that has reared its head.

“It was a chance to pop up its head between 10 and 30. Obviously Jack falls into that timeframe. He’s got a group of blood vessels that aren’t strong and they naturally bleed.

“He’s had a bigger bleed that’s caused the issue. He won’t play again this year.

“In 4-6 weeks he’ll have another scan when the blood has subsided and then he’ll have a procedure to rectify the result. He’ll play footy again which is exciting for us and great for Jack.

“Our medicos did a terrific job of detecting it and sending him for scans. We know the solution and we’ve just got to be patient.

“He’ll be back playing football at some stage next year.”

Higgins has played 33 games and kicked 24 goals for the Tigers having debuted in Round 3 last season.

The Tigers take on Port Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday.