AFL 2022 News: Richmond Reveals When Dustin Martin Will Return
The Tigers have confirmed that midfielder Dustin Martin will not be present in Friday’s game against the West Coast Eagles.
The Tigers have confirmed that midfielder Dustin Martin will not be featured in Friday’s game against the West Coast Eagles despite returning to training this week.
Martin participated in Richmond’s Round 1 defeat to Carlton before leaving the match on personal leave in order to mourn the loss of his father Shane, who passed away in December at the age of 54.
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Three-time medal winner Norm Smith returned to Punt Road on Saturday, with the 30-year-old taking part in a light training session that included jogging and a workout at the gym.
But Wednesday afternoon, Richmond’s general manager of football performance Tim Livingstone revealed that Martin would not be flying to Perth for the Round 7 clash due to his limited preparation.
“It’s great to see Dustin go back to training,” Livingstone said in a statement.
“The kids are thrilled to have him back. He has had a couple of good football sessions this week and looks fit and strong.
“It’s been a five week break, so it’s not the best preparation for this round.
“We’ll take a look again next week and see how it’s progressing.”
Richmond will also be without veterans Trent Cotchin and Robbie Tarrant for the Eagles clash, with the club’s 22 set to be confirmed on Thursday.
Speaking on Fox Footy AFL 360Former Hawthorn star Jordan Lewis said Richmond should have rolled the dice and portrayed Martin as a forward this weekend.
“If I were the manager, I would really consider playing him,” he said Wednesday night.
“The parameters must be very clear: stay in the 50s.
“Imagine having to face the Eagles this week and suddenly you have to deal with Dusty staying deep: he would probably get (Jeremy) McGovern or (Tom) Barrass or some kind of key defender because of his power in the air. and its power one on one.
“Then that takes them out of a position where they can impact in the air – it’s so dangerous.
“They don’t have the luxury of winning their first few games, so you can start resting the players like they did this week.
“These are three important weeks for you.
“I know they said it’s a five day break and he didn’t train enough, but they would have some conversations within that club and half on one side saying ‘Why can’t we play against it?’.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said it was “good” to see Martin back at the club and the play group got a boost from his impromptu visit.
“We will try to train him and see how he goes,” he said.
“He just didn’t feel comfortable enough and didn’t seem comfortable enough, last week and he had a training block, I think he’ll go for a run tomorrow and try to prove his fitness.
“We have a very short session scheduled, so we have to make a call one way or another soon enough.”
Originally published as Richmond star Dustin Martin ruled out the West Coast confrontation