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Richardson cleared of serious damage

26/02/2007 09:04:21 PM Comments (0)

Richmond star Matthew Richardson should be ready for the start of the regular AFL season after scans cleared him of serious hamstring damage.

Richardson sent a scare through the Tigers camp on Sunday when he limped off the field during their 43-point NAB Cup loss to Geelong at Skilled Stadium.

The injury-plagued key forward will certainly be out of action for next Saturday's NAB Challenge match in Canberra against Sydney.

But it is only a minor hamstring injury and Richardson is confident about round one.

"It's very frustrating, it's not a big deal, only a one-week thing, but it still is frustrating," he told Channel Ten.

"Once you start playing, you want to keep playing.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience, but it's nothing that's going to set us back during the season - that's the main thing."

Hawthorn utility Rick Ladson will also undergo a scan after hurting his ankle in Sunday night's Cup win over Melbourne.

Scans cleared Brisbane youngster Jed Adcock of major damage to his lower left leg suffered during Saturday night's win over St Kilda.

He will undergo a test ahead of Friday night's NAB Cup quarter-final against the Western Bulldogs at Telstra Dome.

The Bulldogs could regain Dale Morris, Nathan Eagleton, Ryan Hargrave and Peter Street from injury for the match.

They are also confident about captain Brad Johnson (thigh) and Ryan Griffen (corked quad), who were hurt in Saturday's win over the Swans.

Defender Darren Milburn will be one of four or five omissions from Geelong's team for its Cup quarter-final in Darwin on Saturday night against Port Adelaide.

Milburn was cleared of facial fractures after Sunday's win over Richmond at Skilled Stadium.

He received a bad cut over his right eyebrow when he was kicked in the head by Richmond's Andrew Krakouer and left the ground with blood streaming from his wound.

Krakouer was reported for the incident.

The Cats said Milburn spent the night in hospital but was released on Monday morning after his wound was stitched by a plastic surgeon.

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