RICHMOND ruckman Toby Nankervis isn’t certain to play VFL this weekend, as he battles soreness after making a comeback from an 11-week adductor injury.
The 25-year-old played three matches in the VFL, gradually increasing his playing load, before making his AFL comeback against Carlton in round 21.
After pulling up sore, he has since spent the past two weeks on the sidelines and is aiming to play in Richmond's VFL final against Essendon on Saturday.
"He has to get through training this week. If he does, we expect him to play some minutes," Richmond VFL coach Craig McRae told AFL.com.au.
"I would think he'd play some form of restricted minutes. I haven't got any guidance around it yet. According to our fitness staff, if he gets through training this week then we'll make a decision on Thursday (about selection)."
Ivan Soldo has been rucking in Nankervis' absence this season, and is averaging 27 hitouts, 10 disposals (at 76 per cent efficiency) and three clearances from his 11 matches this year.
McRae indicated premiership player Kamdyn McIntosh will slot back into his customary winger role after several weeks in defence attempting to build versatility into his game.
"There were opportunities for him to potentially play that role at AFL level, but I think now the finals have started, we may see him back playing in his normal wing form.
"We want to get him in as best form as possible to grab opportunities as they present."