PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Mark Baguley of the Bombers is tackled high by Darcy Tucker of the Dockers during the 2016 AFL Round 11 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Essendon Bombers at Domain Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon defender Mark Baguley will miss the rest of the 2016 season.

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Baguley hasn’t played since round 11 because of a knee complaint.

After consultations with his surgeon it was decided the best course of action was to sit out the remainder of the year.

“The advice Mark and the Club have got is that he’s better off to do a longer term rehab and not try and get up this year,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“Mark has embarked on that journey as we speak.”