Galway hurlers have been hit with a major blow, with forward Iarla Tannian set to miss most of the Leinster championship with a serious hand injury.
Tannian, who hit 2-11 from play in five league matches, broke a thumb and ruptured ligaments in a club match and looks set to be out for at least two months.
It is a big blow for manager John McIntyre, as the big full-forward was in devastating form in the league even though he missed a couple of games.
The 27-year-old picked up the injury playing for Ardrahan against Kiltormer in the Galway senior hurling championship on Sunday evening -- and the extent of the injury has confirmed the Tribesmen's worst fears.
"He broke a thumb and ruptured ligaments," said McIntyre, who expects Tannian to be out of action for many weeks.
Galway will open their championship campaign when they take on either Westmeath or Carlow on June 4, with a Leinster semi-final date against either Dublin or Offaly two weeks later.
Tannian stands little of chance of being fit for those games.