MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks stretches during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL media session at Waverley Park on May 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Roughead facing battle to play again as melanoma spreads

The Herald Sun has reported that Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead is facing a battle to play AFL football again, as his melanoma has spread internally.

Roughead was today ruled out indefinitely after suffering a recurrence of melanoma.

The 29-year-old missed several weeks last season after having the cancer removed from his lip. However, a recurrence of the cancer was detected yesterday.

Roughead is likely facing three to four months of chemotherapy treatment.

Had the cancer returned to his lip, it would have only required a simple procedure to remove the melanoma once again.

However, now that the cancer has returned and spread through  his body, it will require a more immediate and complicated treatment.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks stretches during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL media session at Waverley Park on May 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks stretches during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL media session at Waverley Park on May 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“That’s been part of the process since he had his initial melanoma last year, on a regular basis he has to go and have a full body scan,” general manager of football operations Chris Fagan said.

“He’s had one previous (scan), and everything was all clear.

“This time around there are a few spots of cancer to be seen on the scan. Obviously that means there has to be a medical intervention going forward.”

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