AFL: Dustin Martin will play game 300 at the MCG after a week off

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin is set to play his 300th game at a potentially packed MCG after it was confirmed the triple premiership winner will miss Thursday’s clash with Adelaide.

Coach Adem Yze labeled the short turnaround from last Saturday’s loss to Geelong a challenge for the 32-year-old.

But he revealed on Tuesday morning that Martin was “sick” and unable to train with his team-mates, so “the decision kind of fell for us”.

“He’s a bit of a thief today. We only have one training session,” Yze said on Tuesday.

“It was always based on how he got through today, but he’s actually sick today, so we didn’t have that.

“He will miss this weekend and the silver lining to that is the fact he will play his 300th in front of our home crowd against the Hawks next week.

“We’re disappointed he’s not available this week, but for our supporters and our Tiger army, they’ll be able to see him (he’ll play his 300th game next week) which will be great.”

Martin remains a source of speculation about his future beyond 2024, with suggestions he could retire as soon as he plays his 300th game, before potentially linking up with former coach Damien Hardwick on the Gold Coast in 2025.

He is in the final year of a seven-year deal that has produced three championship titles and three Norm Smith medals.

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