Promising Western Bulldogs father-son recruit Sam Darcy has suffered another setback just one game into his comeback in the VFL.
Darcy will require surgery after fracturing his jaw during Footscray's win over Geelong last Saturday.
It was the towering key position player's first match in five weeks after he was sidelined due to a small hole in his lung.
Darcy played the first two games of the season in the AFL, following four appearances in 2022 during his debut campaign, but dropped back to reserves level.
The Bulldogs expect Darcy to be available in three weeks, after their mid-season bye in round 15.
Injuries are starting to pile up at the Whitten Oval, with dashing defender Ed Richards to miss up to six weeks after hurting his hamstring in the loss against the Cats.
Richards has starred across half-back this season and joins fellow speedster Jason Johannisen on the sidelines.
Johannisen is in the early stages of his recovery from a high-grade hamstring strain that could keep him out of action for up to 10 weeks.