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Prestia sore following return

Richmond could be without midfielder Dion Prestia for Friday night’s clash with Essendon. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

RICHMOND on-baller Dion Prestia has another hamstring problem, putting him in doubt for Friday night’s AFL clash with Essendon.

Prestia returned to the AFL last weekend from a game out because of a rib injury, but the Tigers said he pulled up from the win over Gold Coast with hamstring soreness.

The premiership midfielder missed the first three rounds because of a hamstring injury and has managed only 10 senior games this season.

“We’re not quite sure if it will even keep him out for this week, we’ll see how we go,” Tigers football boss Neil Balme said.

“But we’re pretty conservative with him, he’s had a few soft tissue (injuries).

“He’s going pretty well, he’s running alright, but we’re just a bit concerned … given the finals are coming.”

Fellow Tigers onballer Kane Lambert and forward Dan Butler are recovering from ankle operations.

Veteran Reece Conca suffered a setback in his comeback from a dislocated ankle.

Conca suffered an ankle sprain in the VFL, but is expected to only miss one week.

Sam Lloyd is the obvious replacement if Prestia is unavailable, while ruckman Toby Nankervis is also expected to return on Friday night after a week off.

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