Henry Shefflin will undergo further tests to examine the extent of the ligament damage he sustained in his ankle during the Leinster club SHC semi-final in Wexford. Shefflin's Ballyhale Shamrocks lost by a point to Wexford's Oulart-The Ballagh after the Hurler of the Year limped out of the game in the first half.
His brother Tommy, the Ballyhale manager, initially signalled the possibility of a broken bone in the ankle, but there was a sigh of relief breathed when an X-ray revealed there had not been a break. Once the swelling recedes, Shefflin will have a full scan and consultation with a six-to-eight week period of recuperation usually slated for an injury of this nature.
Shefflin (right) needed more than seven months to overcome a shoulder operation after an injury in a club match 12 months ago.
The previous winter he spent time recovering from the cruciate ligament injury he sustained in the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork in 2010 and then compounded in the early stages of the All-Ireland final defeat to Tipperary.
His ability to come back from injuries has made the success of his 2012 season all the more remarkable after 14 inter-county seasons in which he hasn't missed a championship match.
Ballyhale and Kilkenny sources were confident this latest setback would not set the player thinking about an earlier retirement.
Shefflin would probably have been taking a competitive break from the league anyway regardless of this latest injury.
His success in this year's championship despite only making his competitive return against Dublin in June has underlined the benefits there are for him in missing the early part of the season.