MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Joshua Gibcus of the Tigers in action during the 2022 AFL Round 10 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 21, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Richmond have confirmed that young Tiger Josh Gibcus has suffered a setback in his return from injury, injuring his hamstring while at training on Thursday.

Gibcus suffered a hamstring injury back in January and was nearing a return before the suffering a strain in his right hamstring this week, with the club now to take a "cautious approach" with his return.

The 20-year-old is yet to play in 2023 after an 18-game debut season that saw the defender claim Richmond's Best First-Year Player award.

Richmond's high performance manager Luke Meehan confirmed the injury news on Friday.

“Josh was closely working towards a return to play before unfortunately injuring his hamstring on Thursday," Meehan said.

“It's not as significant as his injury in January, and is in a different spot, but given his young age and long future in the game, we will be taking a cautious approach with his recovery- prioritising the long term.

“We will get some rehab work into him over the coming weeks and be able to provide a further update from there.”