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 what could be a packed MCG after it was confirmed the triple premiership winner will miss Thursday’s clash with Adelaide.

Coach Adem Yze had flagged the brief turnaround after last Saturday’s defeat to Geelong would make it difficult for the 32-year-old to get up for the clash.

But on Tuesday morning he revealed that Martin was “ill” and unable to train with his teammates, so “the decision was made for us”.

“He’s a little dishonest today. We only have one training session,” Yze said on Tuesday.

“It was always going to be based on how he would do today, but he’s actually sick today, so that’s not up to us.

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

“We are disappointed that he is not available for this week, but our supporters and our Tiger Army will be able to see him (he will play his 300th next week), which will be fantastic.”

Martin remains the source of speculation about his future beyond 2024, with suggestions he could retire as soon as he plays his 300th match before possibly joining former manager Damien Hardwick on the Gold Coast in 2025.

He is in the final year of a seven-year contract which has yielded three premierships and three Norm Smith medals.

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