MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19: Tom Lynch hand passes the ball during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on November 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Richmond star duo Tom Lynch and Dion Prestia are set to overcome their respective off-season niggles in time for the Tigers' season opener against Carlton on Thursday night.

Lynch (toe) and Prestia (hamstring) have both been sidelined during the club's pre-season preparations and will be facing a make-or-break week at training to be confirmed for selection.

While there remains a small margin of doubt surrounding the pair's fitness, captain Trent Cochin told AFL Media he expects the premiership duo to run out onto the MCG this week.

"(Lynch) has been humming around the track the last couple of weeks," Cotchin said.

"Both have trained really well this (last) week so I'd be surprised if either of them weren't fit to play on Thursday night.

"But we have another main session tomorrow, which is just another final tick of approval.

"We've been really lucky with regards to injury, and the guys are fighting fit and really looking forward to getting back out there and playing footy."

Veteran defender Bachar Houli (calf) is set to miss the Round 1 clash as the club make a conservative approach in his recovery.

Fox Sports are reporting that utility Marlion Pickett could be on the outer of Damien Hardwick's best 22, with Josh Caddy and Jake Aarts both coming into strong consideration for selection.

The Tigers will be looking to extend their winning streak against the Blues on Thursday as Carton aim to better Richmond for the first time since 2013.