Western Bulldogs young gun Sam Darcy will spend the coming weeks out of action after suffering a fractured jaw in the VFL over the weekend.

Darcy made his return to play on Saturday against Geelong following a period on the sidelines due to a lung issue, with the young Bulldog 13 disposals, nine hitouts and six scoring shots against the Cats over the weekend.

Following the 58-point win, Darcy reported pain in his jaw and underwent scans on Monday to better understand the soreness.

The club confirmed on Tuesday that a small fracture was located in his jaw. Following specialist advice, Darcy will undergo surgery and be sidelined for at least three weeks as part of his recovery.

"Following a knock in Saturday's VFL game, Bulldogs forward Sam Darcy reported some soreness in his jaw," a club medical update read.

"Precautionary scans yesterday have identified a small fracture in his jaw bone.

"After consultation with specialists, it has been determined that an operation to stabilise the fracture will accelerate his recovery and minimise risk of ongoing issues.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: Sam Darcy of the Bulldogs poses for a photo during an AFL Draft media opportunity at Marvel Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

"Sam's return to play plan will become clearer after the operation, but is expected to make a return to playing soon after the club's mid-season bye."

Darcy played in the Western Bulldogs' two opening games this year before a further four matches with Footscray in the VFL prior to 19-year-old suffering breathing concerns due to a hole located in his lung.

The Bulldogs confirmed earlier this week that defender Ed Richards will miss close to eight weeks with a hamstring strain sustained against Geelong in the AFL over the weekend.

The club will face Port Adelaide and North Melbourne in the next two weeks before their mid-season bye, which will be followed with a game against Fremantle.