Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead Out Of Footy Indefinitely After Having Melanoma Removed

Hawthorn spearhead Jarryd Roughead will miss an indefinite amount of senior AFL football, after undergoing a procedure to remove a melanoma from his lip.

The forward-cum-midfielder, in the midst of arguably the best season of his career, underwent the procedure yesterday after initial tests returned positive for melanoma. Roughead initially spotted a lesion on his lip, and informed club doctors when it didn’t improve.
Roughead will sit out on-field duties – including tomorrow night’s crunch game against Collingwood – whilst he and his family await further pathology results.
In statement on the club’s website, the Hawks said, “The 28-year-old has not been admitted to hospital, and a timeline for his return is yet to be determined.

Hawthorn’s primary concern is for Jarryd’s health and the club thanks the media for respecting his and his family’s privacy at this time.“

Meanwhile, club football operations manager Chris Fagan spoke to Fairfax and stated that despite the scare, Roughead was in good spirits.

“He sent a photo around of himself last night with a bit of a thumbs up. Obviously when these things happen it’s a bit worrying, but he handled the whole thing well and has had good support around him from family, friends and the footy club.”

Fingers crossed for a positive outcome, and a swift return to the footy field. Get ’em, Roughie.

Photo: Quinn Rooney via Getty Images.