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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Tigers refuse to close door on miracle Rance return


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Richmond has refused to shut the door on a miraculous return for Alex Rance before the season's end as he continues his rapid recovery from an ACL tear.

Rance's 2019 season appeared to be over after crumpling in a heap in the Tigers' season-opener in March, but the All-Australian has been working feverishly to be back at some point this season.

After being cruelled by injuries in the first two months of the season, the Tigers are beginning to get some of its biggest stars back into the line-up, coinciding with a good run of form that has the team poised to break into the top four.

Speaking ahead of the Tigers' pivotal Friday night clash against Collingwood, coach Damien Hardwick continued to preach patience.

Alex Rance

"We're not opening the door but we're not closing it either," he said.

"What we have to take into consideration is he's a five time All-Australian, All-Australian captain, a really important player for us now and in the future.

"Our medical staff will make a really calculated decision with that when it is time to make that decision, we will."

As he prepares to take on the team that has dispatched his side on the past two occasions, Hardwick can look to Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack as a source of hope on a Rance return.

Damien Hardwick

Like Rance, Goldsack injured his ACL early last season before making his way back for the Magpies' finals campaign.

Rance's remarkable optimism began from the night he sustained the injury, openly smiling and laughing with teammates while he limped around on crutches.

While the 29-year-old may be impressing on the training track, Hardwick is wary of the tougher tests that lie ahead.

"It will continue to go on until at some stage we will have to make a decision," he said.

"He is going really well, training really hard and he will continue to ask the question. That is what makes him such a competitive beast and he will always challenge us."

Richmond has refused to shut the door on a miraculous return for Alex Rance before the season's end as he continues his rapid recovery from an ACL tear.

Rance's 2019 season appeared to be over after crumpling in a heap in the Tigers' season-opener in March, but the All-Australian has been working feverishly to be back at some point this season.

After being cruelled by injuries in the first two months of the season, the Tigers are beginning to get some of its biggest stars back into the line-up, coinciding with a good run of form that has the team poised to break into the top four.

Speaking ahead of the Tigers' pivotal Friday night clash against Collingwood, coach Damien Hardwick continued to preach patience.

Alex Rance

"We're not opening the door but we're not closing it either," he said.

"What we have to take into consideration is he's a five time All-Australian, All-Australian captain, a really important player for us now and in the future.

"Our medical staff will make a really calculated decision with that when it is time to make that decision, we will."

As he prepares to take on the team that has dispatched his side on the past two occasions, Hardwick can look to Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack as a source of hope on a Rance return.

Damien Hardwick

Like Rance, Goldsack injured his ACL early last season before making his way back for the Magpies' finals campaign.

Rance's remarkable optimism began from the night he sustained the injury, openly smiling and laughing with teammates while he limped around on crutches.

While the 29-year-old may be impressing on the training track, Hardwick is wary of the tougher tests that lie ahead.

"It will continue to go on until at some stage we will have to make a decision," he said.

"He is going really well, training really hard and he will continue to ask the question. That is what makes him such a competitive beast and he will always challenge us."

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