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Richmond might be with out Dustin Martin for the crunch sport towards the AFL ladder-leading Western Bulldogs, with the celebrity struck down by concussion.
Martin copped a stray arm to the top through the third quarter of the Tigers’ 34-point defeat to Melbourne on Saturday evening and sat out the ultimate time period on the bench.
He’ll miss the Bulldogs match underneath new AFL concussion protocols, which mandate an computerized 12-day stint on the sidelines.
“He’ll clearly miss subsequent week, which is disappointing,” Tigers coach Damien Hardwick stated.
“However that’s the lie of the land in the mean time and participant well being and wellbeing is paramount for the AFL and our medical workers, so we’ll abide by that and he’ll take his 12 days.”
Martin had been quiet towards Melbourne earlier than he was damage, gathering simply eight disposals underneath the watchful eye of Demons stopper Michael Hibberd.
Hardwick revealed the dynamic star has been battling a foot criticism that has taken away a few of his pace and energy this season.
“He has had some foot points that haven’t been vital, but it surely has impacted him, and final week it was just a little bit the identical,” Hardwick stated.
“In equity, though he’s going to overlook just a little little bit of time (due to concussion), it is likely to be one of the best factor for him.
“He’s a proud man; he’ll by no means put up his hand and complain, however the reality of the matter is he hasn’t been his explosive self due to that. He’ll get higher.”
The loss to Melbourne left Richmond struggling at 3-3, and the damage woes lengthen past Martin.
Kane Lambert (calf) and Dylan Grimes (ankle) had been additionally damage through the bodily contest and are unsure for Friday evening’s blockbuster towards the Bulldogs.
Hardwick stated Lambert is “extremely uncertain”, however is hopeful Grimes might be cleared to play.
Fellow premiership gamers Dion Prestia (calf) and Nick Vlastuin (knee) are already on the sidelines because the Tigers’ depth continues to be examined.