Richmond Tigers say Tom Lynch and Dustin Martin are making good progress and should be able to feature in next week's practice match against Geelong.
The Tigers are priced at 10/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final and both Martin and Lynch will be key to their chances of returning to finals and having a strong season.
Martin has been struggling with a hip problem recently while Lynch has a hamstring injury and both players had to sit out the intra-club practice match on Saturday.
However neither injury is serious and the Tigers fully expect both players to be fit and firing by the time they play Carlton in round one on 17th March.
Tigers assistant coach Andrew McQualter has given a positive update and says both players are close to be 100 percent.
"Dustin was pretty close to playing (in the intra-club match)," McQualter said. "(It) was a slight hip issue and we expect him to be fine next week. Lynchy was pretty much at 100 per cent running.
"He probably could have played today but it was not worth running the risk for an intra-club at this time of the year with those guys.
"Both look like they will be available next week. It will be a first game (of the pre-season) for them."
Jack Graham is back running laps following a hamstring injury but it remains to be seen if he will be ready for round one of the comp.
"Jack has had a little bit of a frustrating pre-season," McQualter added. "He has had a couple of injuries but he is really building up a base now and hopefully we see him progress into the main group in the next couple of weeks."