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Tigers fear ruck gone with ACL, as Lynch pings hamstring

Richmond has lost Ivan Soldo for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the ruckman having suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament, while star key forward Tom Lynch hurt his hamstring in the club’s 26 point win over Geelong.

While the Tigers felt Lynch’s hamstring injury was not serious – the key forward left the field in the third quarter and had ice immediately placed on the back of his leg – coach Damien Hardwick feared the worst for Soldo.

On the up: Coach Damien Hardwick guided his Tigers into the top four with a win over the Cats.

On the up: Coach Damien Hardwick guided his Tigers into the top four with a win over the Cats.Credit:Getty Images

“It looks like it at this stage,” said Hardwick, when asked if Soldo, the club’s first ruckman, had a suspected torn ACL, which would require a knee reconstruction and typically an absence of nine to 12 months.

Lynch will clearly miss the final round game against the Crows, but would be right on the edge of playing in the Tigers’ first final – given there is a bye before finals – based on the regulation 21-day minimum for slight hamstring strains. The Tigers moved to third with their victory over the Cats, and have only to beat the Crows next round to hold that position for the finals.

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