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Richmond skipper ruled out

  • Richmond skipper ruled out

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Trent Cotchin and the Tigers reacts at full time after losing the round six AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 30, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Despite his best efforts, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin won't be playing against the Swans this weekend after not receiving the all clear from the surgeon on his fractured cheekbone.

Cotchin missed last weeks game against the Hawks with the cheekbone injury he suffered against Port Adelaide two weeks ago.

Coach Damien Hardwick says that Cotchin will benefit from the extra week off to make sure that he is absolutely 100% when he returns.

However, Richmond will welcome back at least one big name with defender Alex Rance returning from his two match ban for striking Melbourne's Jack Watts.

It comes as perfect timing with Rance set to line up on Sydney Swans star forward Lance Franklin, who he has endured great battles with over the last few years.

Hardwick also confirmed that out of form ruckman Ivan Maric will spend another week in the VFL to try and play himself back into form after a limited pre-season through injury.

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