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In the mix: Who's pushing for selection in round 23?

The Lions will need to make one change with Allen Christensen set to miss a week.  Luckily, there's an undefeated NEAFL side keeping the pressure on. 

Brisbane
It's now 17 games unbeaten for the NEAFL team. Rhys Mathieson (30 disposals and three goals) and Lewy Taylor (34 and two goals) were terrific against GWS at the weekend.

No confirmation on the severity of Allen Christensen'shamstring problem yet, but the early diagnosis was that the small forward would miss some weeks.

Just the one change, with a replacement for Christensen required.

Taylor is a logical fit with his creativity, but the Lions need maximum forward pressure against Richmond, and despite an average NEAFL performance, Ben Keays could fit the bill.

Richmond
Skipper Trent Cotchin (hamstring) should be right to go, with coach Damien Hardwick saying he could have played last week if required.

Versatile big man Noah Balta (21 hitouts, 18 disposals, two goals) was best in the VFL, while Jacob Townsend was also strong.

Integral defender Dylan Grimes sent an almighty scare through the Tiger camp when he went down with an ankle injury, but he later returned.

At this stage, he's hopeful to play against Brisbane. Sydney Stack had surgery on Monday for an ankle syndesmosis injury suffered in the VFL. Toby Nankervis is battling groin soreness.

Ross for Cotchin, with Ryan Garthwaite waiting in the wings for Grimes if required.

Given Ivan Soldo's strong form, Nankervis is a chance to be given another week's break. Chol holds on for now, but Balta's building strong form.

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