Essendon can confirm mid-season recruit Jaiden Hunter was sent for scans today for a full assessment on a recurring back complaint.

The scans revealed he has a back stress fracture and could miss the remainder of the AFL season.

The injury was sustained prior to joining Essendon despite clearing independent AFL medical assessment ahead of the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

Hunter was selected by the Bombers with pick nine in the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft joining the club at the start of June.

He has played two VFL games including a four-goal performance against Carlton.

Hunter will now commence a rehab program to give him the best opportunity to return to his best.