CIARÁN KILKENNY'S season is over after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The Castleknock forward suffered the injury only minutes into Dublin's win over Kildare on Saturday night in Croke Park after twisting awkwardly in pursuit of Lilywhites defender Mick O'Grady.
In a statement, Dublin manager Jim Gavin said: "On a personal level this is very frustrating for Ciarán, who has played a vital role in the recent success's in both football and hurling for his county and club at all grades."
Kilkenny, who joins fellow Dublin cruciate victim Kevin O'Brien on the sidelines, tweeted: "Humbled by all the support from friends, family, teammates, management & GAA people.
"Shows how tight knit GAA community is, Beidh mé ar ais."
Kilkenny will also be a major loss to Dublin's U-21 footballers and hurlers.