Richmond can confirm that forward pair Tom Lynch and Noah Balta are set for time on the sidelines following fourth-quarter injuries in yesterday’s win against Sydney.

Lynch suffered a significant hamstring tendon injury behind his left knee, which will likely require surgery.

The key forward planted his leg awkwardly, following contact in a marking contest. He felt immediate discomfort and took himself from the field.

Balta has a moderate MCL injury that will keep him out of the game for 3-5 weeks, after he also landed with discomfort, in the final seconds of the match.

Richmond General Manager, Football Performance Tim Livingstone, said the injuries were unfortunate.

“It is rotten luck for Tom, who worked extremely diligently to prepare his body for the season after what was a tough season for him last year,” he said.

“Unfortunately for Tom, he landed in a motion that has caused this injury.

“He will consult a surgeon in the coming days, which will give us a clearer picture of the injury's timeline, but we are expecting he will be out for the longer term."

Balta had made a bright start to the season in a new forward role- but is also set to miss some football.

“In one of the last contests of the game, Noah unfortunately hurt his knee, and scans have confirmed some damage to his MCL,” Livingstone said.

“We will assess him further this week, but we do not expect him to play before the bye.”