Get the latest Pilot Medical Update ahead of Saturday's Round 15 match against Geelong at the MCG.


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Pilot medical update: Martin, Balta, Cotchin, Tarrant

Get the latest Pilot Medical Update ahead of the Round 15 match against Geelong.

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Noah Balta, hamstring

"Noah suffered a hamstring injury late in the game. Across the far side from us, he was near the boundary line and there was a ball on the ground and he was paddling at it and trying to accelerate at the same time, which is a difficult position to be in for a big guy, and he suffered a very minor hamstring injury in that process. It's to the same leg as his previous injury a few weeks ago, but it is in a different spot. So, it's pretty frustrating for him and for us, and (it's from) a different mechanism, his previous injury was kicking and this is running and trying to pick up a ground ball. But, there is probably some link there somewhere with his reconditioning, so we're going to have to go back and do a little bit more work in the gym with his strength-specific work and his hamstring conditioning as well as the functional movements... He's already running today at a really good speed, so it's certainly not a long-term injury. But, we do need to tread lightly with it and be careful so that when he gets back next time, he stays back and plays the rest of the year for us."

Trent Cotchin, clavicle

"There was an incident near the goal square where Trent had to try and lay a tackle, and he ended up coming off quite sore through his clavicle, the bone through the chest. He's had some scans and it's showed he has a little crack in there which needs surgical repair and a plate put in there. So, he's having that done in the next day or so. He'll miss this week and we'll reassess beyond this week as to what that means. It's a little bit unfortunate, but we'll get him back as soon as we can."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Damien Hardwick, Senior Coach of the Tigers and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers celebrate during the 2022 AFL Round 14 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 16, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Dustin Martin, illness

"He feels a lot better and he's back training with us. He was training with us on the weekend as well. It will be great to have him back this week and available for selection."

Robbie Tarrant, hand

"Robbie battled on through the whole game. It happened in the first couple of minutes, he cracked a knuckle in his hand and he's had to have some minor surgery to put a plate in that to reinforce it. He's a chance to play this week because we do have a longer week given the nine-day break. We'll make an assessment later in the week as to his availability, but it's looking more positive by the day and Robbie's pretty tough."