Richmond key forward Tom Lynch will not be available for the Club’s Opening Round clash against Gold Coast on Saturday, March 9.
Lynch, who progressing well in his recovery from a foot injury, will instead set his sights on the Round 1 match against Carlton at the MCG, just five days later.
"I'm feeling really good, the last three-four weeks I've really picked up the loads and started transitioning into footy over the next week or two. I'm looking forward to getting back to the main group and out of rehab," Lynch said on Tuesday morning.
"(Opening Round) is going to be a bit tough, especially with the five-day break leading into round one. I'll put my focus on round one, or even that Port Adelaide game in round two.
"All things are tracking well. I've clearly missed a lot of football, I need to get some good training under my belt and some conditioning. We don't want to rush back, we want to get as many games this year as we can.
"So if I miss Opening Round, so be it.
"My foot bone is completely healed, it's just the (risk) of soft-tissue – clearly, I hadn't run for nine months, so I need to get some miles back into my legs. If we wanted to really push, I could get up... but I want to play for the whole year."