The Limerick senior footballers are likely to be without John Galvin for the championship after he suffered a serious knee injury in a challenge game against Down recently.
The influential Croom man was carried from the field with a leg injury and immediately taken to hospital for an scan.
This Tuesday the worst fears were confirmed.
“He had a MRI scan in Dublin on Sunday after the match and the results show its cruciate damage and there is a broken bone in the knee,” said manager Maurice Horan.
This Wednesday evening, Galvin was travelling back to Dublin to Santry to see a knee specialist.
The initial fears are that Galvin has suffered a high grade tear or even severed his cruciate. Either of these prognosis would end the season for Limerick’s longest serving inter-county footballer.
Indeed Galvin, who made his debut against Cork in 1999, has not missed a championship game for Limerick since 2001.
Last season Galvin was selected at midfield in the GPA team of the season after somehow not getting recognition on the All-Star selection.
“We are awaiting news from his trip to Santry but he is a major doubt,” said Horan.
And, the Galvin injury is not the only concern ahead of the championship.
Stephen Kelly (groin), Seanie Buckley (foot), Mark O’Riordan (ribs), John Riordan, Eoin Joy and Mike McCormack are all receiving treatment at present.