Richmond defender cleared of serious damage

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Dylan Grimes could play for Richmond this weekend despite injuring his ankle yesterday.

The key defender appeared to seriously damage his ankle when he went down in a marking contest in the third quarter of the Tigers’ thrilling six-point win over West Coast at the MCG.

He hobbled from the ground with the help of trainers before returning to play a vital role in his side’s victory in the wet.

Luckily for Richmond, Grimes has escaped serious injury, avoided scans and was moving freely today after it was revealed he suffered a rolled ankle. He did not require crutches or a moon boot.

Grimes could play against top-of-the-table Brisbane on Sunday if he recovers quickly enough during the week.

"It was pretty painful when it first happened," he told reporters.

"I've never really done an ankle so this is all a bit new to me. I wasn't really sure how serious it was initially.

"I think at this early stage, we've just got to take every precaution and try and get it right early in the week.

"Hopefully I'll train and, fingers crossed, get up to play."

Grimes, 28, has stepped up in the absence of the injurd Alex Rance this season and is in All-Australian calculations such has been his influence for the Tigers.

Richmond are expected to have captain Trent Cotchin back from a hamstring injury to take on the Lions at the MCG. A win would secure a top-four finish for the Tigers.