AFL Midweek wrap: Richmond Rocked By Scandal

What's going on at Richmond? Plus some big name inclusions for a few Melbourne teams.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Richmond was rocked by a bit of a scandal on Tuesday and the facts aren’t much clearer today.

Third-year star Dustin Martin has copped a two-week, club imposed ban, while embattled player Daniel Connors has quit the club as both came under hot water for missing training yesterday morning.

There is still a heap of mystery surrounding the story, but the pair allegedly took non-prescribed sleeping medication which caused them to miss Tuesday morning's training. Martin supposedly mixed the pills with alcohol. No illicit drug use occurred says the club.

The club said Connors had failed to meet club expectations a number of times and the recent mishap was the last straw.

Regardless of the circumstances it is a big blow for Richmond. Martin started 2012 off slowly, but has hit some good form in the past month. His absence will hurt the club desperately fighting for a top-8 spot.

For Hawthorn and Collingwood, some big names may play this weekend.

Star on baller, Scott Pendlebury, who was possibly the league’s best player when he went down with a fractured lower leg a few weeks back, should return for the Magpies clash with Carlton at the MCG on Friday night.

Collingwood have won 10 in a row and face a desperate Carlton outfit that are sliding down the standing on a weekly basis.

For the Hawks, Buddy Franklin looks a good chance to play after leaving last week’s game with an apparent hamstring problem. Franklin has trained strongly this week. Captain Luke Hodge looks likely to return after having not played since round 6.

Paul Chapman will also return for Geelong.

Finally, a story out of Newcastle, England, where a bloke has won just short of £400,000 on a horse race when his daughter accidently included an extra 33-1 shot on his bet- which was just £2. Not bad.