Sick Cotchin in the mix to play despite missing training

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is still in the mix to play in Thursday night’s AFL season opener despite missing training on Wednesday through illness.

Richmond have confirmed to The Age that although Cotchin has been feeling unwell, he is still a chance to line up for the season’s first bounce.

Trent Cotchin did not train on Wednesday due to illness.Credit:Getty Images

On Thursday morning, the club had said Cotchin was not in doubt for the match but by lunchtime, Richmond were saying the skipper was “in the mix”.

The Tigers will unfurl two premiershup flags (2019 and 2020) in front of a sellout crowd at the MCG capped at 50 per cent capacity, and if Cotchin takes his place, will be close to full strength.

Bachar Houli (calf) is the only notable name missing, with emergencies Marlion Pickett, Will Martyn, Jack Ross and Mabior Chol all in the frame to be named the club’s first-ever 23rd man.

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