Melbourne AFL forward Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with cancer just weeks after his father died of the disease.
The 22-year-old will undergo surgery for testicular cancer on Tuesday, after he missed last week’s game against Adelaide.
Hogan underwent an ultrasound late last week which revealed a small mass in his testicle suggestive of a seminoma, which is a type of cancer, the Demons said in a statement.
“The club’s collective heart is with Jesse Hogan,” Melbourne’s general manager of football Josh Mahoney said.
“This is clearly a very difficult time for Jesse and his health and wellbeing is the number one priority for us.
“We informed the players of this on Friday and respected Jesse’s wishes to keep this information private up until this point.”
“Jesse will obviously miss a period of football due to this surgery but we expect him to make a full recovery and return to AFL in the short-term future.”