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Riewoldt expected to play against St Kilda

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RICHMOND expects Jack Riewoldt to face St Kilda on Saturday despite reports he was coughing up blood during the Tigers' 47-point loss to West Coast, but Dion Prestia is likely to miss another week.

Riewoldt was reportedly left battered by a heavy bump by Liam Duggan in the dying stages of the third quarter of Sunday's loss, and coughed up blood as a result during the three-quarter time break.

Riewoldt played out the game and kicked two of his five goals in the fourth term.

Fairfax Media reported on Monday the forward needed medical clearance to fly home after the incident, which included the club's doctor speaking to the Virgin captain responsible for transporting the team back to Melbourne.

The Tigers confirmed to later on Monday that Riewoldt "got home perfectly well" and wasn't in any doubt to face the Saints on Saturday at the MCG.

The news isn't as positive for Prestia with the midfielder likely to miss a third week with a calf strain.

The 25-year-old strained his soleus muscle against Fremantle in round seven and the Tigers have opted for a cautious approach to his rehabilitation given his lack of pre-season.

Prestia ran on the weekend and is nearing a return, but it is more likely to be against Essendon in round 11.

"He trained pretty well so he'd be some chance, but I think we'd more than likely be conservative about getting him back," Richmond football manager Neil Balme told

"We're keen for him to play but my guess is he'll probably be another week.

"He's certainly coming along very well and there's some chance he'll get up but I'd be thinking it's more likely not.

"He does get a few soft tissue issues and we just want to get him 100 per cent."

Livewire premiership forward Daniel Rioli will extend his VFL minutes this Saturday against Coburg after successfully getting through a half in the Tigers' win over Sandringham on the weekend.

"He played what we thought he would and he'll play a bit more this week," Balme said. 

"They were quite pleased with him. He got through all right and his foot was good, which is what they were most worried about."

Shai Bolton didn't finish the game after he suffered a "cork on a cork" on his thigh in the third quarter.

The small forward is believed to have escaped more significant damage but will be assessed this week.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are hopeful ruckman Shaun Hampson can still play a part in 2018 despite ongoing troubles with his back.

Hampson was restricted to six VFL games in 2017 because of a chronic disc problem, which has continued into this year. 

He played in the Tigers' opening round VFL win over Port Melbourne in early April but hasn't managed another game since.

He trained with the rehab group last week after being recently backed off load-wise, and still hopes to be part of the Tigers' campaign at some stage this season despite the tricky nature of his injury.

"I'm not sure when we're expecting him to play. It's a pretty serious kind of problem," Balme said.

"He's still around the place, still part of it, and we're hoping he can play."