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Richmond hope Newman's season isn't over

Greg Buckle 25/07/2011 07:06:46 PM Comments (0)

Richmond are hoping Chris Newman returns to action before the end of the AFL season after the skipper was cleared of major damage to his knee.

Newman limped off the field during the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Geelong at Etihad Stadium and scans have revealed the injury is a strained posterior cruciate ligament.

The 29-year-old will not require surgery.

"It is difficult to put an exact timeframe on how long Chris will be on the sidelines," football manager Ross Monaghan said on the club's website richmondfc.com.au

"But we're hopeful he will be available for the last portion of the season."

The Tigers are 13th on the ladder and are on a five-game losing streak.

They will have the bye this weekend and play West Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and North Melbourne in the closing rounds.

Monaghan said 19-year-old defender Jake Batchelor, who suffered slight concussion in the match against Geelong, is expected to recover for the clash with fifth-placed West Coast in Perth on August 7.

Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs are facing an injury crisis for Saturday's match against the Eagles at Etihad Stadium.

The 12th-placed Bulldogs could have several stars missing with Dale Morris having scans on Monday for a suspected groin injury.

Daniel Cross is also in doubt after suffering a broken nose and concussion in Saturday's loss to the Swans at the SCG.

Lindsay Gilbee is battling a calf injury, while coach Rodney Eade has already made clear he's likely to rest Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney because of knee soreness.

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