AFL star Martin looking good for return

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Richmond say superstar Dustin Martin is looking "really good" to make his eagerly anticipated AFL return against Collingwood.

The three-time Norm Smith medallist has not played since round one after taking personal leave.

But after returning to the club last week, Martin has been training hard to convince the Tigers he is ready to resume his 261-game career.

The 30-year-old has been grieving the death of his father Shane, who died last December in New Zealand.

Martin missed last Friday's 109-point demolition of West Coast but did take part in a big session at Punt Rd on the same day.

"Dustin's been training with us now for a week and a half," Richmond's physical performance manager Peter Burge said.

"He completed quite a big session out here with the other guys who didn't have a game last week and he did a huge workload in terms of total kilometres, some intensity, some handball games, match simulation type training.

"He's looking really good to potentially be available for selection this week.

"We've got another main session on Thursday and all being great in that, then I'd anticipate he would be up for selection."

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said after the game he would leave Martin's availability in the hands of medical staff, knowing his dynamite midfielder would always put his hand up to play.

But fellow onballer Dion Prestia might struggle to come up for Saturday's enticing clash with the Magpies at the MCG.

The triple premiership star reported issues with his ankle, Achilles and calf and was subbed out of the game against the Eagles.

"He's actually crook today (Tuesday), he's at home, so we haven't had a chance to look at him on the track," Burge said.

"We have our main training session this week on Thursday so we'll assess him then to see where he's at, see if he can do some running or participate in any skill work, and we'll have an update after training on Thursday."

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