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Riewoldt shakes off injury fears

Sportal June 14, 2012, 4:22 pm
Jack Riewoldt

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has revealed Jack Riewoldt will play against Greater Western Sydney having recovered from an ankle injury sustained last week.

Riewoldt rolled his ankle in the Tigers' 12-point loss to Fremantle and, despite playing on with heavy strapping, was in doubt for the match against the Giants on Saturday.

But Hardwick said on Thursday that 'he'll play' and paid tribute to Riewoldt's commitment to recovery.

"It's been a great lesson to our younger players, like how much you put into it," Hardwick said.

"Like he's been sleeping three hours on and off and icing it every three hours and we're very confident he'll play, which is a great credit to Jack."

Hardwick said the news was not so good for Dylan Grimes, with Richmond's coach saying the 20-year-old will be given the match against GWS and the following week's bye to fully recover from a hamstring injury, while the Tigers have yet to make a decision on Nathan Foley's bruised foot.

"We're hopeful that he'll put his hand up for selection (at Thursday's training session)," Hardwick said.

"We'll see how he trains and go from there."

Richmond's defeat last Saturday brought the Tigers back to earth after four wins from their previous five games but Hardwick argued that Fremantle should have been rated higher before the Round 11 clash.

"The funny thing about Fremantle is that the games they've lost, they've lost against West Coast, Hawthorn, Adelaide, you know, pretty formidable opposition," Hardwick said.

After a hard slog in wet conditions, where the Dockers laid a club-record 118 tackles, Hardwick revealed that the Tigers had a light week of training to prepare for the Giants.

Hardwick expects GWS to explode out of the blocks at Skoda Stadium on Saturday afternoon after having a week's break due to the bye in Round 11.

"We're expecting a really tough, hard game early," Hardwick said.

"We've just got to match that and hopefully get the ascendency and come out on top."

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