MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Dustin Martin of the Tigers stretches during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on September 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has confirmed Dustin Martin has been battling a “significant” corkie over the past fortnight.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Tigers Preliminary Final clash against Collingwood, Hardwick said Martin has had to adjust his training in the lead up to the clash.

“He will train today, so we will get a fair indication of whether he is 95 percent, 100 percent,” Hardwick said in a Wednesday press conference.

“Not many players are 100 percent these days at this stage of the year anyway.”

“We are confident he will be at his best. He has had a great finals series already, so we are looking forward to that continuing on Friday night.”

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Hardwick said the club had taken the cautious approach with Martin, following their Qualifying Final win over Hawthorn.

“The reality is, he is not going to get any fitter, stronger or better now.

“What we have got to do is get him to the line and make sure he plays. That’s the positive for us, our fitness staff and Dustin have done a wonderful job.

“It’s a pretty significant corkie with bleeding down into his knee that takes a little bit of time to settle.

“It has settled now and he will train today and be available to play on Friday.”

Hardwick also confirmed Martin did not have his knee drained.

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