Richmond’s Tim Taranto sent for scans on an injured wrist

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Richmond coach Adem Yze swatted away suggestions of an early retirement for Dustin Martin before midfield star Tim Taranto was been sent for scans on an injured wrist in a major blow head of Sunday’s clash with West Coast.

It comes after coach Adem Yze confirmed another midfielder, Jack Ross, would also be sidelined for about two months after scans revealed a stress fracture in his foot.

The Tigers confirmed Taranto, the reigning club best and fairest, could be in doubt for the trip to Perth after hurting his wrist at training on Friday morning. .

“The Club can confirm that midfielder Tim Taranto injured his wrist at training this morning and has been sent for scans. We will provide an update when possible,” a statement said.

Yze said Ross, 23, would need surgery creating a further midfield hole with in the wake of injuries to Jacob Hopper and Dion Prestia.

“He’ll go in for surgery and I think it’s going to keep him out for around eight weeks, which is really disappointing for him,” Yze said.

“He was in really good form – he started to get some continuity as a midfielder for us, and he had an interrupted season last year as well.

“We’ll wrap our arms around him and help him through it.”

Kane McAuliffe could start in place of Ross against West Coast after he had four disposals and three tackles in a brief substitute cameo on debut last week.

The Tigers have been devastated by injuries in Yze’s first season as coach losing Josh Gibcus for the season, Tom Lynch (hamstring) for up to three months and Noah Balta (knee) for about six weeks as well as Prestia, Hopper and Dylan Grimes during the 1-4 start to the season.

Yze said he was pressing on and happy to “see the kids play” as more young talent emerges.

“It’s not about me, you just feel for the players that are unavailable,” Yze said.

“Irrelevant of where we sit and how we’re going win-loss, we just want to see the kids play.

“So when you see some of your players walking around injured, frustrated, flat, that’s worse than win-loss.”

Yze was quick to hose down reports that three-time premiership star Martin, 32, who has been dealing with a calf niggle, was pondering an early retirement despite being on the verge of reaching 300 games.

“We don’t deal with rumours and things like that,” Yze said.

“For us our responsibility is to make sure Dusty’s happy, and I’ve said that from day one.

“We want an environment that can allow him to enjoy his footy, enjoy coming into the club every day and hopefully prolong his career.

“So those sorts of things are external, we don’t really worry about, but he came in and played like Dusty (against St Kilda), and that was the main thing.