Kerry's All-Ireland winner and 2014 Footballer of the Year James O'Donoghue will be out of action for up to six months with a shoulder injury.
The ace attacker will miss the start of the 2015 National League campaign as he is due to undergo surgery this week according to the County Board. O'Donoghue has been battling with the injury all season and it caused the corner forward to miss the Munster opener against Clare this summer.
"James O'Donoghue is having routine surgery on his shoulder injury on Friday," the official statement read. He will subsequently enter a rehabilitation program which may take up to 6 months."
O’Donoghue was the star attacker throughout the championship season as the Kingdom claimed an unlikely Sam Maguire minus the services of Colm Cooper and Tomas O'Se.
He chalked up 4-24 in all including 0-10 against Cork, 1-5 against Galway and 2-09 in the two matches against Mayo. O'Donoghue was held scoreless in the final against Donegal but his role out the field won widespread acclaim.
The news means Fitzmaurice will be without O'Donoghue and Cooper for the early stages of the season as the Dr Crokes star continues to recover from a torn cruciate ligament injury.