Conca needs foot surgery

19 May 2017 06:14:07 EST
Oleg Markov

Richmond defender Reece Conca won't be back for at least 10 more weeks.

The 24-year-old has been told he needs surgery on his foot, after scans showed there had been no improvement since he suffered the injury against Adelaide in round six.

Conca spent time in a moon boot after hurting his Lisfranc joint in the Tigers' first loss of the season and was originally told he would miss up to six weeks.

The Tigers backman should be available for the last few weeks of the season, assuming he has no issues with his recovery.

Conca, who has played 86 games since being drafted with the sixth overall selection in 2010, is contracted until the end of 2018.

He's had plenty of injuries during his career and most recently was placed on the long-term injury list, along with defender Nathan Drummond.

Drummond, who has played five games, ruptured the ACL in his left knee while playing in the VFL last month.

The 22-year-old, drafted in 2014, required a reconstruction in his right knee after suffering the injury in his debut game the following year.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has made five changes for Saturday's clash against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium, with prized draftee Shai Bolton set to make his debut.

Bolton is joined by half-forward Sam Lloyd, key tall Ivan Soldo and midfielders Dion Prestia and Connor Menadue, with Dan Butler (groin) the only man forced out.

The Tigers, who aim to snap a three-game losing streak, have dropped defender Jake Batchelor, key forward Todd Elton, half-back Oleg Markov and midfielder Corey Ellis.

Richmond are 57/20 to beat GWS, who are 2/7.

The Tigers are 93/100 with a 23.5-points start.

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