A former Melbourne and Collingwood star will require surgery after a horrific punch left him with a broken jaw during a local footy match.

Former Melbourne and Collingwood defender Lynden Dunn will need surgery on a broken jaw after copping a sickening punch from an opponent in a local footy match.

Westmeadows ruckman Ferras Mehri has copped a seven-game ban from the Essendon District Football League after striking Dunn while the West Coburg player celebrated a goal, reports The Leader.

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The second-quarter incident saw a melee break out with four of Dunn’s teammates surrounding him, and others remonstrating with Mehri.

The goal was Dunn’s first and only for the game.

Mehri was quickly red carded by the umpire and taken off the ground by his team’s runner.

Dunn was taken to hospital immediately and is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

He retired in 2020 after 198 AFL games across the Demons and Magpies.

Originally published as Local footy player banned seven weeks for breaking ex-Pie, Demon Lynden Dunn’s jaw in sickening hit

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