Tigers rule out star pair Dustin Martin and Tom Lynch, season likely over for Paddy Ryder

Richmond will be without Dustin Martin and Tom Lynch as they look to bounce back from consecutive AFL defeats in their crucial match against Fremantle.

Martin and Lynch suffered hamstring injuries in rounds 16 and 17 respectively, and were sidelined in Saturday’s costly upset loss to North Melbourne.

Richmond had hoped they would be fit to return against the Dockers at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, but the Tigers on Monday put a line through the pair for another week.

In better news for Richmond, Ivan Soldo (thumb), Sydney Stack (fractured cheekbone) and Jack Ross (knee) are expected to be available for selection.

Young defender Josh Gibcus is a chance to play despite being substituted out of the Kangaroos loss with a shoulder injury.

Richmond (9-8) are clinging to eighth spot, having lost their past two matches by a combined six points.

They have lost three of their last four ahead of the meeting with fourth-placed Fremantle (12-5), who dropped a home game against Sydney last week.

Meanwhile, Paddy Ryder’s season hangs in the balance after the St Kilda veteran suffered a calf injury against the Western Bulldogs last week.

The club confirmed the 34-year-old will miss the next 4-6 weeks, which means he is unlikely to feature again this year unless the Saints make the finals.

Ryder remains out of contract and may have played his last AFL game after this latest setback.