Bachar Houli back as Tigers run continues

Forced to make three changes through injury, Richmond will bring two premiership players back into the line-up for the clash against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night.

It's an enviable position for the Tigers to be in having lost flag winning trio Nathan Broad, Dan Butler and Jack Graham to injury in their win over Adelaide.

Bachar Houli.

Bachar Houli.

Bachar Houli will return for his first game since round 10 after injuring his groin in the clash against St Kilda while Nick Vlastuin will resume after serving a one-week suspension.

The Tigers have a range of options to fill the third vacancy with Liam Baker a chance to make his debut although small forward Shai Bolton looks a more likely replacement for Butler who hurt his ankle.

Sam Lloyd and Connor Menadue are also chances to be included after good form last week in the VFL.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said the club had shown a capacity to find players to fill roles and he was confident in the depth of the list to cover injuries.

With pressure for spots helping the Tigers keep focus, Hardwick said there were still spots up for grabs.

"We're still challenging ourselves for what our best side looks like," Hardwick said.

Richmond expect the Giants to treat the clash as a mini final with their finals chances hanging in the balance after their loss to West Coast last week.

"Over the last three or four weeks, their style of game has lifted to another notch," Hardwick said.

"They have been one of the best over the last four weeks at maintaining possession through that back half. That presents us with a set of challenges that we will have to work through."

Richmond is one game clear on top but have lost their three games outside Victoria this season.

Hardwick said it would be nice to win but he was happy with the team's form in wins over Geelong, the Sydney Swans and Adelaide.

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