KILKENNY'S Richie Power will miss the Cats' eagerly anticipated league opener against Tipperary on Saturday week as he continues to recover from a hip injury.
Power had little time to rest after the All-Ireland final defeat as Carrickshock powered their way to the county final, where they were beaten by recently crowned Leinster champions O'Loughlin Gaels, and doesn't expect to feature until "the middle of the league."
"I had a bit of a problem with my hip," he said. "I got it sorted a couple of weeks ago. I missed a couple of weeks' training, but it's not too serious, so I'm hopefully back in the next couple of weeks."
Power joins long-term injury victims Henry Shefflin and John Tennyson on the treatment table.
Meanwhile, Galway footballers have still not finalised a main sponsor for 2011, but have decided to continue wearing the jerseys with the logo of former backers Aer Arann until they secure a new deal.
There was speculation that Galway would go with a blank shirt after one of their three captains, Kieran Fitzgerald, wore a jersey with 'Gaillimh' rather than a sponsors' name on the front of it at the launch of the Allianz Leagues earlier this week.
But it has emerged that the shirt is Fitzgerald's personal jersey, with the Galway Football Board having issued a commemorative one to all players who have won All-Ireland senior medals.