MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Dylan Grimes of the Tigers marks the ball during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on August 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Richmond defender Dylan Grimes is in doubt to face Carlton in the Tigers' Round 1 bout next Thursday after requiring surgery on his thumb.

The veteran backman suffered an injury to his left hand early into Saturday's AAMI Community Series clash with Hawthorn in Tasmania, however Grimes was able to continue playing throughout the match.

The club has now confirmed that Grimes will be in a race to play against the Blues at the MCG in 10 days' time, having required surgery on his injured thumb after suffering ligament damage.

Grimes' absence is set to compound the Tigers' injury woes from this pre-season, with fellow triple premiership defender Nick Vlastuin (hamstring) also no certainty to lace up the boots for Richmond's season opener.

Gun midfielder Kane Lambert is unlikely to feature in the early rounds of the season and could be sidelined for a lengthy period should he undergo surgery on a hip issue.

Premiership pair Ivan Soldo (ankle) and Dion Prestia (hand/wrist) were also injured in Saturday's practice match, however the club are yet to detail any update for the duo.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Dylan Grimes of the Tigers warms up during the round 5 AFL match between Richmond and Sydney at Marvel Stadium on April 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Richmond are also continuing to assess Jack Graham's fitness in the coming week, with the midfielder having battled with hip, back, glute and hamstring issues in recent months.

Forward Matt Parker (ankle), rookie Sam Banks (quad) and young gun Riley Collier-Dawkins (ribs) are also currently under injury clouds.