Tigers Superstar Martin Fights Disease

AFL star Dustin Martin is doubtful for Richmond’s successful showdown with Carlton as he battles the disease.

The Tigers will be looking for redemption against the Blues on Thursday night after losing to their rivals for the first time in nine years in the first round of the MCG.

But Richmond may have to do that without three-time medalist Norm Smith.

“He’s got a little lurgy at the moment,” Tigers coach Damien Hardwick told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“He hasn’t trained (on Monday), he’s not particularly well at the moment as there’s a little flu going around.

“He has a few days to get better, and hopefully with some medication he’ll get up.

“He’s probably in doubt, so let’s wait and see how he does.

“He’s a fair beast, Dustin, so a 30% Dustin Martin is still probably better than most.”

Martin has returned to his best form since returning from a six-game season on the sidelines due to personal leave.

Richmond will enter the round 14 encounter ninth in the ladder with a 7-5 record after beating Port Adelaide by 12 points last Thursday night.

Martin’s possible loss could be partially offset by the possible return of forward Tom Lynch, who is in line to play after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Carlton are flying 9-3 and are striving to excel in their first Finals appearance since 2013.

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