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Richardson joins in at Tigers training

04/08/2009 04:25:07 PM Comments (0)

Richmond star Matthew Richardson proved his latest injury scare was just that by joining in light AFL training with his teammates on Tuesday.

Richardson called an end to his comeback game in the VFL last Saturday when he experienced hamstring tightness and left the field after 15 minutes as a precaution.

That match was Richardson's first since May, when he underwent surgery to repair his hamstring tendon.

Richardson ruled himself out of playing this weekend on Monday night, but his return to training provides he and his club with encouragement that the league's oldest current player, 34, might play again this season.

After this weekend, the Tigers play three more games for the season.

Richardson took part in light kicking duties with teammates at Punt Road.

Richmond captain Chris Newman said Richardson had remained positive ever since his surgery and had been disappointed by his latest frustration.

"I think it's really hard on big Rick," Newman told reporters.

"He's been putting in so much effort to get out there, and then for it to tighten up a little bit - he was really excited about the game, I know that.

"He was just really disappointed after the game, to not only (not) play the game, but to leave Coburg (the Tigers' VFL affiliate) short one man.

"He's getting scans, but he's been staying as positive as ever, and I just hope he gets it right."

Richardson is not guaranteed to play on in 2010, but Richmond caretaker coach Jade Rawlings indicated last Sunday if he earned the club's full-time coaching job he would have his brother-in-law continue.

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