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Sick Tiger: Emergencies on standby

Defender David Astbury has a cold - AFL,Richmond Tigers,David Astbury,Injuries
Defender David Astbury has a cold

RICHMOND remains certain defender David Astbury will play in Friday night's preliminary final against Collingwood, despite battling a minor cold this week.

Astbury was a notable absentee from the club's final training session at Punt Road on Thursday, having been sent home earlier in the day due to his illness.

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He remains struck down and will be given all of Friday to prove his fitness.

However, the Tigers were confident Astbury's illness wouldn't keep him out of the side on Thursday night – naming him in the team – with their position unchanged on Friday morning.

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Defenders Ryan Garthwaite and Brandon Ellis are on the club's list of four emergencies for the match, alongside ruckman Ivan Soldo and midfielder Sam Lloyd.

Garthwaite, 20, is the only key defender among them and would appear the most likely replacement should Astbury not recover in time for the match.