Lynch out of Lions clash
Richmond Tigers are taking no risks on Tom Lynch and say he will not figure in the qualifying final against Brisbane Lions on Friday.
The 27-year-old has been battling his way back from the hamstring injury he picked up against Geelong in round 17, and looked on course to make the first final.
Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick also said he was hopeful that his star midfielder would be fit enough to play.
Lynch came through training without any issues on Monday and Hardwick suggested a final decision would be made after Wednesday's session.
However it has now been decided that Lynch will play no part, with the game against Brisbane coming a touch too soon for him.
"Collectively, we feel that Tom isn't quite ready to return to play this week," Richmond's general manager of football performance Tim Livingstone said.
"We are confident we've made the right decision for both Tom, and the team heading into this finals series."
It would appear that Richmond want him 100percent fit, and by missing the Lions game, it gives him a bit more time to get there.
It now means that Mabior Chol will get the nod to stand in for Lynch after impressing in the win over Adelaide last game.
"If Tom doesn't it probably looks like a Mabior Chol [in that role] and we've got Josh Caddy that's available to play in that role as well and he trained well and strongly again today," Hardwick had said before it was confirmed that Lynch would not play.
The Tigers are 77/100 to beat the Lions, who are 11/10.
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