Ankle puts Riewoldt in doubt

Sportal June 11, 2012, 1:24 pm
Jack Riewoldt

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Star forward Jack Riewoldt is in doubt for Richmond's clash with GWS on Saturday after the club confirmed a minor ligament strain to his right ankle on Monday.

Riewoldt landed awkwardly during the first quarter of Saturday's loss to Fremantle and looked hindered as he returned to the field to play out the match.

The Tigers head north to face the Giants at Skoda Stadium on Saturday which may prove a bridge too far for the forward who has booted 32 goals this season.

"Jack had a scan on his right ankle, which showed a very minor ligament strain," Richmond's performance manager Matt Hornsby said on the club's website.

"He will be on light duties for the next few days, and we will monitor his progress throughout the week."

Midfielder Trent Cotchin, speaking at a joint press conference as Richmond welcomed the Wallabies on Monday, is expecting a hot contest when the Tigers tackle GWS.

Smarting from Saturday's shock loss to Fremantle in wet conditions at the MCG, a defeat that ended Richmond's sizzling form, Cotchin said the Tigers needed to improve their attack on the ball to match the Giants' aggressive approach.

"It's definitely an area of focus for them (GWS)," Cotchin said on Monday.

"They're a really good contested team and they've got some hardened bodies in the midfield and also down back as well, so it's going to be pretty tough.

"Going into the game we're just going to make sure we're harder at the contest."

Cotchin, who showed no ill-effects of an elbow injury that hampered him on Saturday, admitted the defeat had set the side back and attributed it to their inability to adapt to the conditions.

"It was a disappointing loss, obviously Fremantle came to play and they probably adapted to the conditions a lot quicker than we did and we just let ourselves down in a few areas we normally pride ourselves on," he said.

"That's probably one of our main areas that we pride ourselves on - our contested footy and the way we attack the contest.

"At times we were beaten to the ball too easily and Dimma (coach Damien Hardwick) spoke about that after the game."

With the Tigers now at 5-6 and a game outside the eight, Cotchin denied the Fremantle loss was a case of stage fright and refused to be drawn on finals talk.

"It was more just the fact we let ourselves down in those key areas that are going to win you games. Hopefully we can bounce back and this can be a good test for us," Cotchin said.

"It's too far to look ahead to finals, we work in four-week blocks and that was our third game in a four-week period. So we just have to make sure we nail this one (GWS) and get 3-1."

Midfielder Nathan Foley is expected to return after a one-week layoff with a bruised heel while small forward Jake King is also available after serving a one-match suspension.

"(Foley) is progressing pretty well, his heel's OK. It'll just be a matter of how much he can do on the track this week," Cotchin said.

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