Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty dealt with another health scare - with the star defender undergoing surgery for a malignant testicular tumour after discovering a cancerous lump.

Blues' head of football Brad Lloyd said in a statement on the club's website that Docherty is expected to make a full recovery.

“The surgery went well and we’re incredibly pleased that it’s expected Sam will recover fully," Lloyd said.

“Obviously Sam’s health remains the Club’s number one priority and we will continue to support him throughout this time."

Docherty spoke on the importance to get checks and seek medical advice.

“Obviously hearing the initial diagnosis was a shock, however, I feel grateful to have got onto it straight away," Docherty said.

“Having now had the surgery, I’m grateful to hear that I’m expected to make a full recovery and will be able to resume training in four to six weeks’ time.

“Talking about our health and wellbeing and ensuring we get regular checks is so important, and I hope to use this as a reminder for others to look after themselves and also to support others who may be going through similar experiences."