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Spoilt for choice: Houli set to return for Tigers

Richmond are set to enter Thursday night’s clash against Collingwood with all of their best 30 available and defender Bachar Houli likely to return.

Houli has been the only significant question mark among Richmond’s regulars and best 22, but the 32-year-old All-Australian performed well in match practice late last week and is expected to return from a calf injury to take his place across half-back, forcing at least one change to the round one team back nearly three months ago.

Welcome Bachar: Bachar Houli is expected to play for the Tigers in round two.

Welcome Bachar: Bachar Houli is expected to play for the Tigers in round two. Credit:Getty Images

The likely return of Houli means the Tigers have no player unavailable from their best 22 and, indeed, only two listed players unable to be considered – youngsters Noah Cumberland, who will miss the season with a knee reconstruction, and Will Martyn (foot).

The Tigers, thus, face a difficult decision on who to squeeze out of the side for Thursday, and also a call on whether they continue with two ruckmen, Ivan Soldo and Toby Nankervis, against Collingwood’s gun ruckman Brodie Grundy, who was dominant in his team’s demolition of the Bulldogs in round one, or if they will deploy a smaller player as ruck back-up.

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