Miles replaces Martin for Tigers in AFL

John Salvado
Anthony Miles (pic) will replace injured Dustin Martin for Richmond's AFL clash with Port Adelaide

Anthony Miles is effectively replacing the irreplaceable for Richmond in Friday night's big AFL clash away to Port Adelaide.

But in the end, he became impossible to ignore any longer.

Miles - a Tigers' fan favourite - has been forced to bide his time this year in the VFL, with Richmond making a brilliant start to their AFL flag defence with nine wins from the opening 11 rounds.

The 26-year-old former GWS Giant was simply unstoppable in last weekend's big VFL win over Collingwood, amassing 44 disposals, 11 marks and three goals.

A senior vacancy finally opened up when 2017 Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin suffered a calf strain. Martin will miss only his second game through injury in a career which already spans eight-and-a-half seasons.

Miles was the obvious replacement, with Martin given permission to fly to New Zealand for a few days to spend time with his father.

"Martin probably could have gotten away with it but we think it's so important he gets that right - otherwise it may become a problem," said Richmond football manager Neil Balme.

"It's not an easy decision because he loves playing."

The Tigers made one other change, with 2017 grand final hero Jack Graham dropped to make way for returning forward Jason Castagna.

Mindful of not going in too tall against the fleet-footed Tigers' attack, the Power replaced tall defender Jack Hombsch with Jasper Pittard.