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)

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.

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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  1. Shocking!!! Wishing the best of a speedy recovery! I may not be a hawks supporter but i am all for wishing for roughead to get well soon and get back to playing footy as soon possible. He is one the legends of the game and we need him back. Afl is not the same without him

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