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Soft tissue concerns have Tigers playing safe with Yarran

Chris Yarran has suffered a series of soft tissue injuries during the pre-season - ${keywords}
Chris Yarran has suffered a series of soft tissue injuries during the pre-season

RICHMOND recruit Chris Yarran remains a number of weeks away from joining his new teammates in full training as the club manages his return from a calf injury. 

Yarran's first pre-season at Punt Road Oval has been interrupted by a number of soft tissue injuries and illness, and he was restricted to running at Wednesday's session.

The 25-year-old now appears unlikely to be unveiled until late in the NAB Challenge, with the Tigers preparing to take a young team to Perth in 15 days for their first pre-season game.

"Chris is settling in really well with the club and his new teammates, but has had some soft tissue injuries over the pre-season," football manager Dan Richardson told 

"Our fitness staff are managing his program and training loads at the moment, and we hope he joins the main training group in a few weeks."

Yarran, whose 2015 season ended with a hamstring injury, completed his own running session on Wednesday, with ruckman Shaun Hampson also on a modified program as he returns from ankle surgery.

Midfielder Taylor Hunt is due to return to full training shortly after a minor knee complaint, while Ben Griffiths and Dylan Grimes were on light duties.

Young midfielder Nathan Drummond worked closely with fitness staff on his leg strength and ran laps as he continues his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. 

Draftee Daniel Rioli worked closely with half-forwards Shane Edwards and Sam Lloyd in Wednesday's session, impressing with his clean hands when crumbing the football.

The majority of the club's draftees, who will push for opportunities when the Tigers face the Dockers on February 16, are completing a smaller portion of the summer program.

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