Collingwood star Dane Swan will have a better idea of his AFL fate after Wednesday’s foot surgery.
The Brownlow Medallist has had to wait nearly a fortnight for the swelling to subside after his horrific injury in the round-one loss to Sydney.
It is unclear whether the 32-year-old will play again this season and that has led to speculation about his playing future.
Swan has three broken bones in his right foot, including a lisfranc fracture.
“He’s been couch-bound, so he’ll be very keen to get an answer,” Magpies football manager Neil Balme told the club website.
“Let’s hope it goes very well.”
Richmond have received more bad news in the wake of last Friday’s last-gasp loss to Collingwood, with vice-captain Brett Deledio (quad) against ruled out of the Saturday home game against Adelaide.
Defender Dylan Grimes will also be out of action for two games with a hamstring tendon injury the Tigers say is rare.
“He did have this issue last year versus Adelaide as well and missed two games,” Richmond official Peter Burge said.
“We’re anticipating it will be approximately the same.”
But No.1 ruckman Ivan Maric (back) and Shane Edwards (hand) could return against the Crows.
Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs midfielder Nathan Hrovat needed surgery for an ankle injury and will be out of action for six to eight weeks.