MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs reacts during a Western Bulldogs AFL media opportunity at Whitten Oval on July 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli will miss the Dogs’ clash with Melbourne this weekend after having surgery to remove his appendix overnight.

Bontempelli trained on Tuesday as usual and without pain, although complained of severe abdominal pain soon after, and was immediately taken to hospital.

The star midfielder will miss the next 2-3 weeks, according to westernbulldogs.com.au.