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Tough break for Tigers draftee with ankle injury

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: New draftee Jack Graham of the Tigers in action during the Richmond Tigers training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia on November 28, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Jack Graham will miss eight weeks with a fractured ankle

RICHMOND draftee Jack Graham has been placed on the club's long-term injury list after suffering a fractured ankle.

The big-bodied inside midfielder hurt his left ankle at training earlier this week, with scans revealing a small fracture that is expected to sideline the 19-year-old for eight weeks.

It was another unfortunate setback for the South Australian, who had been building momentum after recently overcoming a hamstring problem that had limited his first pre-season at Punt Road. 

Hailing from Tea Tree Gully in South Australia, Graham was selected with the Tigers' second pick – at No. 53 overall – in last year's NAB AFL Draft. 

Richmond believes Graham is something of a draft steal, given he captained South Australia in the 2016 national under-18 championships and won the Larke Medal as best player in division one. 

A fierce competitor, he also earned All-Australian selection after averaging 25 disposals, five clearances and five tackles in the carnival. 

The youngster joins ruckman Shaun Hampson (back) on the Tigers' long-term injury list.