ESSENDON youngster Josh Begley will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Anzac Day.
Begley, 19, had scans on Thursday morning and will have a traditional reconstruction next week.
"Josh twisted his knee in a relatively innocuous contest, but unfortunately scans today have confirmed he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament," football manager Dan Richardson told essendonfc.com.au.
"We are all disappointed for him. He has made a really promising start to his career, including playing every game this season.
"Importantly, he has great support around him, he is a terrific young man and we are confident he will make a full recovery following a successful rehabilitation program."
The first-quarter incident saw Begley chasing a loose ball in the middle of the ground and planting his right leg, which twisted after a bump from Magpie defender Jack Crisp.
Begley was drafted at No.31 in 2016, and has played eight senior games.