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

"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.