Knee surgery for Tigers forward Tom Lynch

Richmond forward Tom Lynch will undergo knee surgery that will rule him out at length, in more bad news for the reigning premiers just as they were starting to get senior players back from injury.

Lynch will have an arthroscopy this week to repair cartilage damage in the knee and will be out for the “medium term,” a Richmond spokesperson said.

Tom Lynch will be sidelined for the “medium term”.Credit:Getty Images

The injury is to the right knee, the same knee he had surgery on in 2018 before he moved to Richmond, after he had suffered an injury to his posterior cruciate ligament.

Senior Richmond advisor Neil Balme told Adelaide radio that Lynch would miss five to six weeks.

“It is a cartilage issue that he needs to fix. It’ll probably be five or six weeks out and have him for the end of the season when we’re hopefully pressing for finals,” Balme said.

Richmond, who have just fallen out of the eight after losing to Brisbane last week, have endured a bad run with injuries to their midfielders this year with Trent Cotchin, Dion Prestia, Shane Edwards and Shai Bolton all injured.

They were poised to welcome Cotchin back from his hamstring injury and Dion Prestia recovered from his knee problem. But they will be without Marlion Pickett as he failed to have his suspension downgraded.

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