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.'
Hogan was given leave by the club after his father Tony Hogan, a former WAFL player, passed away in Melbourne last month following a long battle with cancer.
The forward, who is on contract with the Demons until the end of 2019, has only played four games this season having missed the club's round six clash with Essendon to return to Adelaide for his father's funeral.