Tigers conservative over Prestia return

22 May 2018 21:31:12 GMTPlus11

Dion Prestia is set to miss a third straight game for Richmond when they take on St Kilda on Saturday.

But the Tigers say Jack Riewoldt will be available after a health scare during the defeat to West Coast at the weekend.

Prestia had an injury-interrupted pre-season, so the club are minded to be conservative over his return from a strained soleus muscle he suffered against Fremantle in round seven.

The 25-year-old premiership player suffered a hamstring injury in February and didn't play in the senior side until round four.

He was able to return to running at the weekend, but is likely to be kept out until the Tigers face Essendon in round 11.

Tigers football manager Neil Balme said: "He trained pretty well so he'd be some chance, but I think we'd more than likely be conservative about getting him back. We're keen for him to play but my guess is he'll probably be another week.

"He's certainly coming along very well and there's some chance he'll get up but I'd be thinking it's more likely not; he does get a few soft tissue issues and we just want to get him 100 per cent."

Riewoldt was reportedly coughing up blood during the three-quarter time break against West Coast, after a heavy bump by Liam Duggan.

But the forward played out the game and kicked two of his five goals in the fourth term.

It's understood he needed medical clearance to fly home after the incident, but Richmond say he is not in doubt to take on the Saints.

Shai Bolton will be assessed during the week after picking up a thigh injury in the third quarter against the Eagles.

Richmond are 1/10 to beat St Kilda, who are 7/1.

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