Damien Hardwick Locks In Two Certain Starters For Richmond

'He's a certainty to play.'

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has declared Trent Cotchin and Bachar Houli certain starters for the grand final replay on Thursday night, while Dion Prestia will need to prove his fitness today at training.

Cotchin was hospitalised on Sunday night with a migraine while Houli missed round one with a calf injury.

But Hardwick told reporters on Tuesday morning the two were good to go, meaning the Tigers will make at least one change with Houli's return.

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"(Trent Cotchin) gets the occasional migraine and this one was pretty severe. He woke up throughout the night and (his wife) Brooke took him in and they sorted him out," he said.

"He's all good and ready to play."

The news isn't as pleasing for midfielder Dion Prestia, who will need to prove his fitness today after battling a hamstring complaint.

"Bachar is training really well, so he's a certainty to play," he said.

"Dion, we'll probably see how he trains today...we'll make a decision based on today's training.

"Once again, he's putting his hand up to play, but Bachar's probably a little bit in front with his preparation.

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