Jesse Hogan of the Demons kicks the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 18 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan will miss this week’s clash with Essendon following the passing of his father, Tony.

Tony Hogan passed away following a long battle with cancer.

He played football for Subiaco in the WAFL during the 1970s and played 15 games during the side’s drought breaking premiership in 1973, which was the club’s first in 49 years.

“He won’t play this week against Essendon and in times of timelines post that we’ll leave it in Jesse’s hands,” football manager Josh Mahoney said.

“That’s all we can do. It’s a very difficult time for any 22-year-old, going through what he’s been through and coupled with that it plays out publicly.

“We’ll gauge how he’s feeling about it. It’s hard to measure in terms of timelines.”

“The last four to six weeks have been really difficult for Jesse.

“As a club we’ve tried to support him through this and we’ll do the same this week.”