Marcus Bontempelli has appendix removed, will miss three weeks

The Western Bulldogs can't take a trick on the injury front with star midfielder Marcus Bontempelli to miss Saturday's game against Melbourne after having his appendix removed.

The 22-year-old was due to play his 100th game on Saturday at the MCG but he has been ruled out for up to three weeks after the operation.

Sidelined: Marcus Bontempelli.

Sidelined: Marcus Bontempelli.

He had trained without a problem on Tuesday but after he complained of severe abdominal pain he was referred to hospital where he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis.

He had played an uncharacteristically quiet game on Saturday night in the Bulldogs loss to the Hawks, when they faded in the second half to lose by 63 points.

The Bulldogs have had no luck with injuries during 2018 having lost Liam Picken for the season with concussion while Easton Wood, Jackson Macrae, Dale Morris, Tom Liberatore, Tory Dickson, Matt Suckling, Bailey Williams, Bailey Dale and Marcus Adams have all missed extended periods of time.

Premiership player Clay Smith also retired during the week after experiencing persistent knee problems following three knee reconstructions.

The undermanned Bulldogs sit 14th on the ladder and will miss finals for the second successive season after their 2016 premiership.

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