Richmond will be without key forward Tom Lynch when they take on Sydney next Friday night at the SCG after he hurt his hamstring during the Tigers’ 32-point win over Essendon.
It’s the second time this year Lynch has hurt his hamstring with the Tigers uncertain post-game as to the extent of the injury.
He was forced to sit out the final quarter alongside teammate Kane Lambert, who was subbed out of the match with a sore hip. Lambert was playing his fourth game after returning from a troublesome hip problem that threatened at one stage earlier this year to end his season.
Damien Hardwick said Richmond’s undefeated run since Lambert’s return underlined his importance to the team saying it was a wonder he had managed to return. He said the setback wasn’t ideal, but Lambert would be diligent in his rehabilitation.
“It’s concerning. Any other player wouldn’t be playing. What he does to get up for games is incredible,” Hardwick said. “He’s tough this guy, really, really tough. The game means a lot to him in fairness, which is why he keeps pushing.”
He said Lynch felt something occur in his left hamstring so it was sensible to ice the injury early and scans would reveal the extent of the injury.
“We’re not too sure of the significance,” Hardwick said.
He said he would look to elevate a forward to support Jack Riewoldt, who kicked four goals. Riewoldt held the fort in 2017 however the Tigers have been playing with a two-pronged attack since 2019 when Lynch joined the club from the Gold Coast.